Tonganoxie St. Pat's Parade organizers working to bulk up annual spring event

Debbie Breuer, left, and Kay Soetaert, ride on the back of the County Road 5 Band's float. Breuer and Soetaert helped organize the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Enlarge photo

March 13, 2015

The 27th annual Tonganoxie St. Patrick’s Parade is Saturday morning in Tonganoxie and organizers hope more categories — and prizes — will help to build up participation in the parade.

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. March 14 and start at Fourth and Main streets and run west through downtown Tonganoxie.


Saturday festivities

• American Legion biscuits and gravy, 6-10 a.m., Leavenworth County Fairgrounds 4-H Building.

• 27th annual St. Patrick’s Parade, 10 a.m., downtown Tonganoxie.

• PEO Chapter AT corned beef and Irish stew meal, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, 328 E. Fourth St.

• Local rock band Suckertrain performs, 8 p.m., The Jewel on Main, Fourth and Main Streets in downtown Tonganoxie. Admission is $10.

Sarah Breuer, one of the event’s organizers, said local sponsors are donating $500 for various float prizes, including the best family float, a category that’s being brought back from earlier parades. The best overall float will win $200, while $75 each will go to the best family float and general float. The best entry by a boy, a girl and an animal will win $50 each. All winners will receive trophies as well.

Sponsors for the prizes are First State Bank and Trust, Community National Bank, Midwest Chiropractic Center, Free State Fitness, Evans Real Estate, Dr. Richard Dean, Kelly Law Office, Wizard of Paws, Skeet Realty and The Downtown Drugstore.

A limited number of St. Patrick’s Parade T-shirts still are available at The Downtown Drugstore, 516 E. Fourth Street.

Entry in the parade is free, but participants need to fill out entry form. The documents are available at The Downtown Drugstore and are due back at the business by 6 p.m. Saturday. In addition, the parade route will be blocked off starting at 9:30 a.m. Fourth Street will re-open after the parade concludes.

Breuer said about 40 entries have been received so far. She has her fingers crossed that Mother Nature cooperates.

“We’re hoping it will have a good turnout,” Breuer said. “And right now it looks as though it will be nice.”

Other festivities planned for the weekend event are a biscuits and gravy breakfast from 6-10 a.m. that morning at the Leavenworth County Fairgrounds 4-H Building. The event is a fundraiser for Tonganoxie American Legion Post 41.

And, PEO Chapter AT will have its annual corned beef and Irish stew 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Tonganoxie United Methodist Church, 328 E. Fourth St.

At 1 p.m. a candidate forum for the Tonganoxie mayoral and city council races, as well as USD 464 school board, will take place at VFW Hall.

Later that day, local rock band Suckertrain will perform. The band is set to play at 8 p.m. at the Jewel on Main at Fourth and Main streets in downtown Tonganoxie.

The green stripe will make its return as well. Tonganoxie High School art students will paint a washable green stripe down the middle of the street, along with other decorating that city officials have approved. Breuer said that although there won’t be any bagpipers performing this year, recorded bagpipe music would be streaming from First State Bank and Trust. Tonganoxie’s Entrepreneurs Achieving Success Together group is organizing the event, while the City of Tonganoxie has earmarked $500 to assist in helping cover costs for the event.

Anyone wanting to get a head start on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can head Thursday night to the Jewel on Main as Celtic performer Marianne Payette Carter will perform in the venue’s lobby. The Tonganoxie Public Library is sponsoring the event, which is free to the public. The performance starts at 7 p.m.

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