Organizers of the downtown St. Pat’s Parade are hoping for a little luck of the Irish this Saturday after rain showers last weekend forced them to call off the event.
“We hated to cancel it, but it was raining hard and it was very chilly,” said Aimee Frey, event coordinator for Downtown Washington Inc., parade sponsor.
“Several of the participants also were backing out due to the rain, and we didn’t expect to get much of a crowd, so we just thought it would be best to postpone,” she added.
The parade has been rescheduled for this Saturday at 9 a.m.
It will begin at the Main and Cedar streets parking lot. The route will be the same as the Holiday Parade of Lights.
The parade will travel south on Cedar to Fifth Street; east on Fifth to Elm Street; north on Elm to Second Street; east on Second to Jefferson Street; north on Jefferson to Main Street; and then west on Main, ending at the Main and Cedar parking lots.
Frey said most of the entries scheduled last weekend are able to participate this Saturday. One exception is the Fitzgerald family of Labadie which was providing a leprechaun.
“Unfortunately they are in the St. Louis St. Patrick’s Day Parade so they won’t be here, but if anyone has a leprechum costume we would love to have them join us,” she said.
The start time of the Downtown Washington parade has been pushed up from last weekend, Frey said, so people who want to attend this one and the St. Louis parade will be able to do so.
Frey encourages residents to get their green on and come out to watch the parade.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed for nice weather and we promise it will be a lot of fun,” she said.
The parade lineup will include the Blue Jay mascot, antique fire trucks and cars, McGruff the Crime Dog, several floats, walking groups, decorated vehicles, violinists and a dog walking group.
Frey noted the parade was moved to a Saturday this year to attract more participants and spectators.
The St. Pat’s Parade was first started and sponsored by St. Francis Borgia Parish. The downtown group took over the event several years ago at the church’s request.
For more information, people may call the downtown office, 636-239-1743.