St. Patrick's Day Parade, other festive events taking place this Sunday, March 19 in Waukon

The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Waukon has been scheduled for Sunday, March 19 and will begin at 1 p.m. with many of the same festivities taking place as in years past throughout the community.

The parade route will be the same as in past years, beginning from the southeast edge of town and heading up Rossville Road and Spring Avenue to the stoplight intersection with Main Street. Turning left on to West Main Street, 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, float entries lining up in the parking lot of WW Homestead Dairy and the former Northern Engraving plant, and horse units gathering at the Croell Redi-Mix plant on the southeast edge of Waukon.

For additional information contact the Sweeney brothers at Village Farm and Home in Waukon at 563-568-4577. See Page 2A in this week's issue for additional St. Patrick's Day events and specials.

EARL Public Transit, a program of Northeast Iowa Community Action, is once again running the Leprechaun Loop Safe Ride Shuttle immediately following the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Waukon Sunday, March 19 until 7 p.m. “Last year was a huge success. We had 525 riders and made the roads safer for everyone,” Sam Castro, Mobility Manager at EARL Public Transit, said.

This year the shuttle expands to two buses. “For just $1 per ride, let EARL be your designated driver. Hop on at one of the four stops on the loop and you’re set,” Castro said. The bus stops will be located in front of City Club and Goodfellas, Mulligans and Green Valley Getaway, and in back of Vet’s Club. Per transit policy, no alcohol is permitted on any buses, “so make sure you finish up before you head out Sunday and stay safe,” Castro said.

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