St. Patrick’s Day Parade and other festive events are taking place this weekend in Waukon

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Waukon has been scheduled for this Sunday, March 19 and will begin at 1 p.m. with many festivities taking place as in years past throughout the community, including some new ones this year.

The parade route will be the same as in past years, beginning from the southeast edge of town and heading north up Rossville Road and Spring Avenue to the stoplight intersection with Main Street. Turning left on to West Main Street at the stoplights, the parade will venture up to Second Street SW, where the entries will turn left at the Post Office intersection, travel one block south to First Avenue SW, and then east back to Spring Avenue, turning right at Kwik Star to head back south to its point of origin.

Everyone is invited to participate with an entry that features an Irish theme in this year’s parade. There is no entry fee to be in the parade. Any businesses, organizations, families or individuals wishing to have an entry are asked to be lined up by 12 noon Sunday, with float entries lining up in the parking lot of WW Homestead Dairy and the former Northern Engraving plant, tractors unloading and lining up at the Sweeney Auction Service parking lot and horse units gathering at the Croell Redi-Mix plant on the southeast edge of Waukon. For additional information about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade contact the Sweeney family at Village Farm and Home in Waukon at 563-568-4577.

A number of events will again accompany this annual celebration, with some of those being advertised on Page 15 in this week’s edition of The Standard. Among the more traditional events is the annual St. Pat’s Dinner taking place in the St. Patrick Church Hall in Waukon Saturday, March 18 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. and including carry-outs and delivery to homebound residents, along with live music, carnival games and a cash raffle.

New this year will be a Pancake Breakfast served by the Allamakee County Fair Board the morning of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 19 from 7 a.m.-12 noon, at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. In addition to traditional pancakes, this first-year event will also serve up green pancakes with whipped cream, sprinkles and Lucky Charms as topping options. Proceeds from the free will donation will be dedicated toward providing free kids activities at this year’s Fair, such as face painting, caricatures, kids shows, hypnotist, tractor pulls, balloon twisting and magic shows.