St. Patrick’s Irish Festival and parade set for Saturday

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Photo courtesy St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church
St. Patrick’s Irish Festival and parade is set for Saturday afternoon at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. The event will feature the “world’s shortest” St. Patrick’s Day parade, activities for kids, food and more.

By Nicki Rippee | St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church

Mark your calendars for a fun family time on Saturday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church parking lot, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. 

The weather is predicted to be in the 50s with sunshine. There will be a parade, vendors, children’s activities, free chili dogs and non-alcoholic drinks (beer and Irish coffee for $5 with ID). Activities for children include riding on St. Patrick’s float, face painting, games and more.

The “world’s shortest” St. Patrick’s Day parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the north end of the parking lot and traverse to the south end of the lot. Participants, please line up on the north side of the Parish Hall by 11 a.m. The parade will be led by bagpipers, followed by St. Patrick’s float (children needed), a fire truck, a trash truck, the Shriner’s little cars and what else? Come see for yourself, but don’t be late or you’ll miss it.

Free vendor spaces and spaces for nonprofits are still available. Call Lynne McCrudden at (970) 731-5801 as soon as possible to reserve your spot. The entire event is free of charge, though nonperishables such as canned goods, peanut butter and jelly, cereal and 1-pound bags of rice for the church’s food pantry will be gratefully accepted.

Please park in the hospital’s or John Paul II Catholic Church’s lots. Handicapped parking will be available at St. Pat’s. Dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a leash. Snow or shine, come join the fun and shamrock your world.