MINNEAPOLIS ST. PATRICK'S DAY ASSOCIATION PARADE
The 54th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
Come join in on this parade co-sponsored by the Columbia Heights Lion Club! Entry to participate in the parade is $25. Following the parade is the Blarney Blast, which will be held at Murzyn Hall. Entry for this event is $10 for ages 10 and up.
Check out the Events section of our site for more information about registration and entry!
Learn more about our history, what we support, and how you can participate.
The Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association, or MSPDA, was founded in 1969 by Sean and Judith Clerkin. With their active participation in the community and desire to celebrate Minnesota's Irish-American heritage, the Clerkins decided to begin a tradition of supporting the diabetic community by donating to the American Diabetes Association, raising money through St. Patrick's Day parade events and contests.
Besides donating 100% of proceedings to the American Diabetes Association, MSPDA raises money for Camp Needlepoint, a summer camp for children living with diabetes. Members of the MSPDA community, from Ms. Blarney to friends of the association, sell buttons and paper shamrocks to raise funds for the children at camp.
Promotion of MSPDA is done through various parade events and contests. These include:
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