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St. Patrick's Day Parades in Minneapolis and St. Paul

St. Patrick's Day Parades in St. Paul, St. Patrick's Day Parades in Minneapolis

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This year, St. Patrick's Day, March 17 is on a Sunday, and you've got a better than average chance of having the day off work to watch the parades and join in the festivities. Since St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, all of the these parades are held on Saturday March 16 in 2013.

(By the way, in Ireland, March 17 is a national holiday, so there's always a big party.)

The St. Paul St. Patrick's Association holds their annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at noon on St. Patrick's day in downtown St. Paul, and there's always a great turnout to watch the marchers.

And there is a second St. Patrick's Day parade on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis at 6.30 p.m. with more floats, marchers and music. The parade starts at Nicollet Avenue and 11th Street, and heads to Nicollet Avenue and 5th Street.

As well as the two major St. Patrick's Day parades in Minneapolis and St. Paul, here's some other local St. Patrick's Day parades.

O'Gara's bar in St. Paul will have their 22nd Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade, through the bar, restaurant and O'Gara's Garage. The parade is led by an Irish Pipe band, there are free parade buttons, and plenty of other Irish entertainment all day. The World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day parade commences at 3.30 p.m. and will be finished by 3.35pm. O'Gara's, as you might expect, has a weekend-long St. Patrick's Day party with music and entertainment all weekend.

And over the state line, New London, Wisconsin, has a whole week of Irish festivities and Wisconsin's largest St. Patrick's Day parade. Did I say New London? The town is renamed New Dublin for the week. A mere four hour drive from the Twin Cities, this would be a fun road trip for anyone for whom a one-day St. Patrick's day party isn't long enough.

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