Sean and Judith Clerkin began the Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association
with the help of the Minneapolis community. Shown above is a photo of Sean with Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey being presented with a signed book from Ireland.
The history of MSPDA began with creating a simple tradition:
Minneapolis's first St. Patrick's Day Parade dates back to 1969, when Duff’s Bar and theBradford’s Pub joined together to organize it. It was a short caravan between the two pubs,
prompted by friendly jibing of some gentlemen of other ethnic backgrounds.
The first parade consisted of one float, provided bythe Sons and Daughters of Ireland. It was a social event, including wildmembers of the Minnesota Vikings Football team riding motorcycles intoDuff’s bar to commemorate the parade.
Since then, the parade has grown to become one of the most celebratedparades in Minneapolis. It takes the support and dedication of thecommunity to make this event a dream come true each and every year.
FOUR GENERATIONS OF CLERKIN
Sean and Judith Clerkin's growing Irish family!
Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association509 Mill Street N.E.Minneapolis, MN 55421(763) 234-0669