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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • St. Pat’s Parade to celebrate 29 years

  • The Leavenworth St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Leavenworth Main Street Program will present the 29th annual Leavenworth St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon Saturday in downtown Leavenworth.

     


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  • The Leavenworth St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee and the Leavenworth Main Street Program will present the 29th annual Leavenworth St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon Saturday in downtown Leavenworth.
    Already, parade organizer Darlene Kenny said she has had a number of calls about the parade from inside and outside Leavenworth’s immediate boundaries, looking for information on the event.
    Kenny said she’s been happy to oblige. Because of the predictions for warm weather and the fact that St. Patrick’s Day 2012 falls on a Saturday, she said she is expecting increased attendance, both of participants and parade watchers.
    Kenny said she was not the best at estimating attendance, but guessed that at least 1,000 people watched the parade last year.
    “The streets were full,” of spectators, she said. “Sometimes three or four deep.”
    According to Kenny, there were about 75 entries in this  year’s parade as of Wednesday, with more expected to sign up before Saturday.
    Most of the elements familiar to those who have seen the parade before will be intact for 2012 — the floats from area families like the Scanlons and McEvoys as well as civic and community organizations, bands and other entries. The grand marshal will be Father William McEvoy of St. Francis De Sales parish in Lansing.
    However, Kenny the committee did decide to change some things up.
    “This is the first year that we have physically set it up on a website,” she said of parade entries.
    Kenny said she still receives most of the applications over the phone, but in the future, she said the committee hopes the site, www.lvirish.com, will be used more, as it helps the organizers and saves the cost of printing different materials, allowing the committee to give a greater portion of its proceeds to the charities that it benefits each year.
    The site of the Mass that precedes the parade at 8:30 a.m. will also be different this year, moved from Immaculate Conception to St. Joseph Catholic Church, because of renovations underway at I.C.
    Like previous celebrations, Kenny said the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 56 and the Knights of Columbus will host open houses following the parade, serving corned beef and cabbage for donations.
    Almost 30 years from the time when she helped start the official parade along with a small group of others, Kenny said most of those same people are still working on the effort, year after year. She said it does invovle a committment, but there are some pretty substantial rewards, as well.
    “The smiles on the kids’ faces when we go by,” Kenny said. “That makes my day.”

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