The 35th annual Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at noon Saturday in downtown Leavenworth.

The 35th annual Leavenworth St. Patrick's Day Parade will begin at noon Saturday in downtown Leavenworth.

As of Monday afternoon, more than 70 entries were signed up for the parade, according to coordinator Tim Scanlon.

"That's more than last year," he said.

He said the parade will feature a variety of entries including horses, motorcycles and antique cars.

"There's a lot of family floats in these parades," Scanlon said.

The number of entries may grow by Saturday.

"Some of them just show up the day of the parade," he said.

Scanlon said he does not encourage this, but he never turns away anyone.

The parade will follow its usual route again this year. The parade will start at Fourth and Cherokee streets. The parade will proceed east on Cherokee to Esplanade Street and then turn north. At Delaware Street, the parade will turn west. At Seventh Street, the parade will turn south before heading east again on Cherokee Street. The parade will end at Fifth and Cherokee streets.

Susan and Rod Bray will serve as the grand marshals for this year's parade.

Scanlon said the parade may have a larger than normal turnout this year because St. Patrick's Day falls on a Saturday.

"Folks seem to enjoy it," he said of the parade.

The Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St., will be open during the parade. People will be able to watch the parade from the center. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and cinnamon rolls will be available to purchase, according to an official with the center.

Before the parade, Immaculate Conception Church, 711 N. Fifth St., will have a St. Patrick's Day Mass. The service will begin at 9 a.m.

Scanlon said the parade will take place rain or shine.

A National Weather Service forecast calls for sunny conditions Saturday in Leavenworth and a high near 62 degrees.

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