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Friday, March 17, 2023

32nd St. Patrick's Day Parade Saturday in Denison

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to the streets of uptown Denison for the 32nd year on Saturday. 

Susan Grau says the event will be affected but not canceled by the cold weather. 

“We have pictures where we were wearing shorts. We also have somewhere we wear our winter parkas with our hoods up. From sunny to snowy to everything in between,” said Grau. 

She says there will be a few adjustments due to the forecast such as the fire department carrying the flags and leading the parade instead of the American Legion. Jerry Heiden is the grand marshall and Sally Quandt is the Irish mother this year. Grau says organizers received a record 19 nominations for those awards. 

“I really just ask people to tell me what they do, what they’ve done for the community, why they think they should be representing the Irish heritage and tradition. We get some that aren’t even from Denison but they give or their families have. I think that’s huge,” said Grau. 

She says pride and tradition always seem to keep the event special.

“Our parents and what being Irish meant to them. We have a lot of people that travel for this. Hopefully, we’ll have some good outpouring of the community there to watch us. Those that can make it, make it, and those who don’t wish they could,” said Grau. 

The lineup starts at noon in front of the post office on 1st Avenue North with the parade beginning at 1 p.m. and following the usual route through uptown Denison. 

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