It's almost time to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Minneapolis.

    The Parade is Friday, March 17th.


    The Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association traces is founding back to Sean and Judith Clerkin's desire to take Irish Pride and give back. Established in 1969 the organization raises money through the sale of parade buttons and beads for the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day parade, with all the proceeds going back to support the American Diabetes Association. This is a 100% volunteer organization with no salaried members.




    Promotion of this group is done through 3 primary venues including: The Blarney Princess contest, Wee Leprechauns, and the honoring of Irish American Fire and Police members.

    Paper Shamrock
    Button Sales
    Shamrock Painting
    Ms. Blarney Contest

    Wee Leprechaun



    The first St. Patrick's Day Association button was created in 1970 to promote spirit and raise money for The American Diabetes Association. Now, you can buy button and bead set for $5.00 each to help raise money for Camp Needlepoint.


    Help Camp Needlepoint. Buy a button!






  • Ms. Blarney

    Chandler Keating - 2016

    As a young professional, it is important for Chandler to try new things and continue to explore her interests and passions. Blessed with a large, loving, supportive family-most of whom live in Minnesota who she is lucky to see regularly. Coming from a competitive swimming background made it hard to take time off and travel. In the future Chandler would love to spend time in Europe (we hope Ireland!). Her long term plans are to go back to school for a graduate or law degree. Like any your driven person she is still delving into exactly what she wants to specialize while currently enjoying her real career world.


    Words Chandler lives by:
    Overall, it is very vital in life to do what makes you happy and spend time with those you care about.
    “Better get busy living, or get busy dying”


    Want to be the next Ms. Blarney?


    The M.S.P.D.A. is searching for candidates to run for the 2017 St.Patrick’s Day title of Ms. Blarney.


    Qualifications include that you are a female, 21 years of age, married or single and “Irish by choice” (not necessarily by birth). If you wish to apply for Ms. Blarney,please fill in the following information or call us at (763) 234-0669 for an application to be mailed to you.


    Ms. Blarney event takes place Sunday, March 5th at Kierans Irish Pub starting at 6 pm


    Calling all Ms Blarney's!
    We would love to have all previous Ms. Blarney winners
    participate in the 49th Annual St Patrick's Day Parade this year.
    Please call us or click here to contact us with further information.

  • Wee Leprechaun Contest

    An exciting costume contest for our Wee Leprechaun's ages 2 to 8 years.

    The wee Leprechaun Contest is a fun FREE family oriented costume contest broken down into three categories: Ages 2-3, 4-5, and 6-7. Prizes will be awarded to the 'lad' and 'lassie' in each group that best represent the spirit of St. Patrick's Day. An overall 'lad' and 'lassie' winner will also be named. A family category will also be judged that may include any participant with any of their family. All contestants and their families are encouraged to walk with us in the Parade!

    There is no entry fee but we ask that participants consider bringing a youth item donation to Mary's Place.

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  • Ms. Blarney and the Blarney Princesses personal escorts - The Kilt Bhoys

    A rough and tumble group of kind hearted lads who devote their time to assisting Ms. Blarney and her Princesses with whatever they may need whether, transportation, escort, fund raising, laugh, or a pint! A few requirements are a positive disposition on life, kilt on at all times, and a mind toward Irish pride and charity.

    Contact CT at douglassct@gmail.com to apply!



    The history of the parade dates back to 1969 when Duff’s Bar and the
    Bradford’s Pub initiated the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade for
    Minneapolis. It was a short caravan between the two pubs, and
    ironically, was prompted by friendly jibing of some gentlemen of other
    ethnic backgrounds. The first parade consisted of one float, provided by
    the Sons and Daughters of Ireland. It was a social event, including wild
    members of the Minnesota Vikings Football team riding motorcycles into
    Duff’s bar to commemorate the parade.

    Since then, the parade has grown to become one of the most celebrated
    parades in Minneapolis. It takes the support and dedication of the
    community to make this event a dream come true each and every year.

  • Our Honorees

    2016 Celebrity Grand Marshall


    Kelly O'Connell​

    “Who says you can’t come home again? Kelly is back home in the Twin Cities and working on the FOX 9 Morning News after a stint at our FOX station in Seattle. Kelly grew up in the Como Park neighborhood of St. Paul and her proud parents still live there to this day in her childhood home. You see Kelly weekday mornings anchoring FOX 9’s Morning News and reporting on the some of the biggest national news of the day, which is a passion of hers. Kelly is a big Vikings fan; follow her on Facebook to see some of the goofy garb she wears on game days.”

    2016 Parade Grand Marshal


    Dermot Cowley

    Immigrated to America 25 years ago from Dragheda Ireland, Dermot is the embodiment of the Irish American dream. A proud entrepreneur owning three successful businesses, O 'Donovan's, Jake O'Connor's and Lola's Lake House, Dermot  was chosen for his spirit and tenacity in supporting the Irish community and Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association. Least we forget the most important factor his wife Laura and two beautiful sons always a moment away from being mentioned. 



    Frank Baird


    A Minneapolis Fireman for 26 years.Irish blood comes from his

    mother’s side and a bottle of Bushmills.:)

    Frank has three lovely children who are the light of his life.

    "This award means a lot because of respect for my Irish heritage and my love of parades."

    It has been my Frank's dream to have his picture on a bar wall( Keegan’s)


    Frank is  looking forward to helping Camp Needlepoint this summer and celebrating my favorite holiday March 17th.



    Emily Dunphy​

    Emily started with the Mpls Police Dept. in 1997 and is currently a 

    Sergeant assigned to homicide division. Emily was in the patrol unit for 

    10 yrs , then spent time in the gang intelligence unit before being 

    promoted to her current position. She also spent 3 yrs in the mounted 

    police unit.

    Sergeant Dunphy’s husband Mpls Police Sergeant Stot Dunphy also has 

    strong Irish heritage with his family coming from Co Cork in the 1700”s.

    Her grandmother’s grandfather came to the US when he was 12 all by 

    himself. The family story was that he could read and write and that was 

    a big deal then. The story goes on that first sign that he read was at the 

    Pope Lumber Co and it said “Irish Catholics Need Not Apply”. Ironic 

    with the name being POPE ….His two sons later owned a barrel making 

    company. The family lived in Boston,Ma. until her grandmother moved 

    away. Her grandmother is a Lynch and her grandfather is Higgins.

    She is very proud to say that she spent her 18th birthday in Dublin with 

    her Grandmother!!!

    She loves spending St Patrick’s Day with her family with her Mom 

    making corn beef and cabbage and she says the best soda bread ever. 

    She even went so far as to have her son Sam born on ST Patrick’s Day.




    Mary Jo "McNells" Valder​

    Mary Jo's Irish roots come from her Great-Grandfather James McNellis who left Donegal,Ireland and immigrated to the United States where he

    settled in DeGraff,Mn.(and according to her Dad DeGraff was 99% Irish

    when he was growing up) Her Grandfather Peter McNellis married her

    Grandmother: Loretta Donnelly so that makes her Dad 100% Irish and

    with her Mom’s a little bit of Irish she is over half Irish and proud of it.

    As the founder of a women’s clothing company, CAbi. Alongside 9

    other Founders, along with their president and designer they created

    CAbi just over 13 yrs ago. Their vision has always been to effect lives

    through relationships. They have been able to do this through their

    business opportunity, the CAbi experience and the Heart of CAbi

    Foundation. Truly empowering women throughout the world.

    She studied elementary education at Bethel College….(now known as

    Bethel Univ.) and the Univ. of Minn. She also worked for Northwest

    Airlines for 20 yrs as a flight attendant and in the training dept.

    Mary Jo has 3 amazing children two sons and one daughter. Her husband and she have been married for 29 years.




    Sean McMenomy

    My relatives are originally from Castletown of Donegal. Merchants for a 

    living and they arrived in NY in 1847 on the ship named Niagra out of 

    Liverpool. The family settled in Rosemount in 1855 and the family still 

    owns and operates the farm. I grew up in Rosemount,Mn son of Jophn 

    and Rita McMenomy, I have 4 brothers,Eugene,James Brian and Tim.

     I went on to play at the U of M for Jim Wacker and get a European 

    History Degree. My first head coaching job was in turning around a 

    Minneapolis Southwest Football program that had not won a game in 

    3.5 yrs. In the first yr we won three games and by the 4th yr we were 7 

    and 2. I took the head Football coaching job at DeLaSalle and in the 6 

    yrs of being at DeLaSalle we have won over 60 games and been to State 

    5 times. 

    The pride of my life is my wife Jessica and our 2 children Quinlan and 


    Success for me has not been the wins and losses but the impact that I 

    have had on the players that I have coached. Being Irish is something 

    that I have been very proud of my entire life. Hearing my name at 

    ebents makes me proud to not only represent my family past and 

    present but also my Irish brothers and sisters. Words cannot describe 

    how much of an honor this is to myself as well as my family.


    Mike MacDonald

    Mike is the second oldest of the 11 children born to Don and Marie 

    MacDonald. His great grandmother immigrated from Ireland.

    In 1968-1969 Mike served a tour of duty in Veitnam

    In 1981 Mike took over the duties of Parade Chairman and has been it 

    ever since. 

    He originally got involved with us when he and his sister Monica started 

    the shamrock face painting (which we still do today)

    He are a few of Mike’s accomplishments and contributions to the 


    Mike and Leanne Combs-Michaelsen created the 1st Chapter of the 

    Veitnam Veterans Assoc in the state of Mn and has served in many 

    capacities in that assoc, not the least was president. He currently is the 

    acting secretary/treasurer.

    He also is a board member of the Vietnam Veterans Charities. This is 

    the group that was responsible for flying the World War ll vets to Wash 

    DC for their Honor Flights.

    He is currently the Pres of the Black Lions Assoc. The Black Lions is the 

    division of the Big Red1 Regiment that Mike fought in Vietnam. In May 

    2014 Mike was inducted into the Distinguished Memberof the 

    Regiment which is the highest honor the US Army gives.

    As acting President Mike has the yearly honor of raising the USA Flag in 

    Canilgny,France. On Memorial Day.

    Mike has in the past and continues to be a vital support to veterans and 

    their families. The hours he volunteers are too many to count.

    So it is with great great honor Mike that we would like to name you our 

    1st Irish/American Veteran.


     Visit Keegan's Irish Pub and see the dedication wall to our Irish-Amercan Peace Officers and Firefighters of the year.



    We want to give kids the opportunity to meet other kids just like them as well as help them gain confidence and independence in managing their diabetes.


    The American Diabetes Association

  • We are happy to answer any questions or conerns you may have. 

    509 Mill Street N.E. Minneapolis, MN 5542