The 30th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and celebration will be coming to the Ozarks on Saturday March 13, 2010, in Springfield Missouri. It is time to be a about the wearin’ o’ da green! The Grand Marshall for 2010 has not been announced yet. Last year’s Grand Marshall, the impectable Lee Worman, will be hard to beat anyway. We has been the voice of Irish music in the Ozarks for as long as we can remember.
This is Irish in the Ozarks at its best. It is a well attended parade, and people love to mingle during this event. You will also find a great smattering of Ulster-Irish folks here. It’s fun to get a chance to talk about heritage with the people who come to the parade each year. The Ozarks is full of Irish pride.
Here, though, is a copy of the event schedule to date:
PARADE DAY EVENTS SCHEDULE
11:00 Food booths & vendors open on Square
12:00 Parade units begin forming (Benton & Commercial)
2:00 Parade begins with Grand Marshal
4:30 – ???? Celebration continues with the Awards Ceremony at Patton Alley Pub
Let’s also take a look at tentative parade route. This is not finalized yet, as there is still some considerable construction going on in downtown Springfield, Missouri. Be that as it may, the route will start on Commercial Street, and head south on Boonville Avenue, ending in the downtown Square. I have provided you a map to the event.
The IRISH IDOL contest will be held on the Square beginning at 11:30 a.m. the day of the Parade. Contestants are encouraged to perform songs with an Irish theme or origin. Contestants must provide their own backup music. A PA system and CD player will be provided. Contestants will be judged on stage presence, originality, musical talent, and how much fun they are having. The contest is for AMATUERS ONLY. There is no entry fee. A $100 prize will be awarded the winner.
Register online below OR CLICK HERE for a registration form in pdf format to print out, fill out and mail to:
304 W. McDaniel, Springfield, MO 65806
it is a great event, and worthy of all truly Celtic people to attend. I hope to see you there, as we will be shooting some footage for the website from St. Patrick’s Day.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig