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.
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!
Amanda Olsen - 2017
Amanda is an Audiology Assistant at the Paparella Ear Head and Neck Institute. She received a Bachelors Degree in Communication Disorders from MNSU, Mankato in 2015.
"I plan to go back to school to get my doctorate in audiology. My goal is to be a Pediatric Audiologist one day, to help children and infants receive hearing aids and cochlear implants, and/or give them resources for Sign Language".
Want to be the next Ms. Blarney?
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR
We're looking forward to your application next year!
The M.S.P.D.A. is searching for candidates to run for the 2018 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.
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.
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THIS YEAR (Sorry no applications accepted at the door. - See you next year!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to apply!
DAYS GONE BY...
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.
2017 Parade Grand Marshal
Michael Patrick Rainville
Michael’s father, Patrick Dermott Rainville Sr was born on St. Patrick’s day and he has many fond memories of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with his late Father. He is married to his wife of 28 years, Darcel and has a son, Michael Jr.
Michael graduated from De La Salle High School, the University of St. Thomas and worked for the Minneapolis Convention & Visitors Association for 32 years. He is active in his community serving his Parish of Our lady of Lourdes and the East Side Exchange Club. He also sits on the boards of the St. Anthony West neighborhood, the Minneapolis Riverfront Partnership and the NE Arts District.
2017 IRISH-AMERICAN FIREFIGHTER
Hello, my name is Chad Rathbun, I'm a 43 year old father of 2. I've been on on the Minneapolis Fire Department for 17 years. I'm very honored to receive the Irish Fire Fighter of the year because I'm very proud of my heritage and profession. I think this award shines a very important light on how us Irish have continually volunteered and served in civil service. Once again thank you for this honor.
2017 IRISH-AMERICAN PEACE OFFICER
I was born and raised in Minneapolis. I have been a Minneapolis Police Officer for just under 10 years, with most of my assignments downtown.
My ancestors came to North America from Ireland in the 1800's when they immigrated to Quebec Canada. From there they moved to North Dakota and on to Minnesota.
2017 IRISH-AMERICAN BUSINESS WOMAN
I am one of three partners of Bella Salon and Spa (Pam Cruz, and Jane Lynn) located on the 50th and Ewing. We have a seventeen stationed hair salon where I work with a very creative group of men and women. I am married to Joe Morgan of the boxing and Olympic wrestling Morgan's. My husband and his Uncle Danny Morgan were involved in the Irish Fair for several years as the boxing event that drew big crowds each summer. I was fortunate to be the ring announcer a couple of times. We have two children August and Elerson who are both in college. I have always strived to help develop young and upcoming stylist to become successful and productive members of the Minneapolis community it keeps me young. I live by Minnehaha Falls and love the neighborhood.
2017 IRISH-AMERICAN VETERAN
Dan grew up in Richfield, MN as the middle child of 3 brothers. He led an active childhood participating in hockey and baseball, and getting into any mischief him and his brothers could find.
His dad Dan, whom he is named for, was proud of his Irish heritage, which comes from his paternal lineage. The Linnihan name is a unique one in the United States because of the spelling L-I-N-N-I-H-A-N, which was changed by the family in the shuffle from Ireland to America. L-I-N-E-H-A-N is an all to commonly found family name on the Emerald Isle.
Dan was a high school student when the 9/11 attacks took place in 2001. This was a large part of his motivation to join the Army. His strong sense of patriotism and a desire to do his part for his country, combined with an urge to seek justice for the innocent lives lost on that tragic day, moved him to enlist in 2004. He was stationed with the 10th Mountain Division and was deployed to Afghanistan from February 11, 2006 to June 7th 2007.
Once Dan returned from Afghanistan, he moved to Lacrosse WI where he served for the army reserves for an additional 3 years. He eventually settled in Byron MN, near Rochester, where he works as a supervisor for Halcon, an innovative workplace design furniture company.
One of Dan’s proudest moments occurred February 10, 2014. This was the day he became a father, and his now 3-year-old son, Finn, was born. When he is not doing activities with Finn and rediscovering the world through his eyes, he can be found in the great outdoors. He is an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoys all the seasons Minnesota has to offer.
ST.PATRICK'S DAY COMMEMORATIVE BUTTONS
PROCEEDS GO TO THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOC. AND CAMP NEEDLEPOINT.
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
AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION
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.
A CAUSE WORTH CARING FOR!
The American Diabetes Association
FRIENDS of MSPDA