‘World’s shortest’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade slated to make a comeback

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Photo courtesy St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is making a comeback at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on March 19, with the St. Patrick’s Patron Day Festival following.

By Nicki Rippee | St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

The world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade is making a comeback at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church on March 19. What could be more exciting than a parade with a tractor, a trash truck and a fire engine? Bagpipers, of course. 

The parade will begin at one end of St. Patrick’s parking lot and proceed to the other end. Don’t blink or get distracted or you will miss it. The Rev. Wren Blessing will play the part of St. Patrick, dressed in St. Patrick’s bishop finery, as her float leads the parade. Children are needed to ride the float with her.

After the parade, St. Patrick’s Patron Day Festival will continue outside to reduce the risk of COVID. There will be booths featuring local nonprofits and vendors, along with beer, Irish coffee and great food. Other fun activities are being planned. So, start getting your Irish outfit and green together and watch for another article in The SUN with further information. 

Booth spaces for vendors are free of charge and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Vendors and organizations must provide their own tables, chairs and tent coverage (if desired). Nonprofits are also welcome. To reserve a spot or if you would like to participate in the parade with a float, please email st.patrickspagosa@gmail.com or call (970) 731-5801.

The festival will begin at 11 a.m. and end at 2 p.m., snow or shine, in the church parking lot, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd., next to the hospital.