Archive for Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Luck o’ the Irish has parade falling on St. Patrick’s Day this year

March 14, 2007

Tonganoxie is turning a little green in preparation for the 19th annual St. Patrick's Day parade this Saturday.

Cheryl Hanback, co-president of Tonganoxie Chamber of Commerce, said this year's parade was special because it actually will be on St. Patrick's instead of the Saturday closest to the holiday.

"I think everybody should come out, " Hanback said. "It's a wonderful community event. Everybody is down there and everybody is green."

The parade will start at 10 a.m. at Fourth and Main streets and will be presided over by this year's grand leprechaun Harold Denholm

Featured in this year's parade will be two dozen antique Model A cars, performances by County Road 5 and the K.C. St. Andrew Pipes & Drums. The bagpipers will play a before the parade and at the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church after the parade.

And don't forget about the food. Girl Scout Troop 3393 will be having its biscuits and gravy breakfast at Old Ratliff's Drug Store, Fourth and Bury streets. The breakfast is free, but donations are welcome.

There will also be the more traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage dinner at the Methodist Church, 328 E. Fourth St. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children.

And if you miss any of the fun, Tonganoxie High school will be providing the video for the parade. The video will later be broadcast on Sunflower on Demand.

If you are interested in participating in this year's parade, you can still sign up with the Chamber of Commerce by 5 p.m. Friday. Interested participants can call Hanback at 369-2255 or the chamber at 845-9244.

Participants are asked to be in front of Wirenuts, 635 E Fourth St. at 9:30 a.m. to receive their number.

There will be prizes awarded for best band, best float and an open award for participants.

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