DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Even though St. Patrick's Day is Friday, the annual parade will be held Saturday on Phillips Avenue in Downtown Sioux Falls. Both days will be filled with celebrations though.
The parade kicks off at 2:00 PM Saturday, but the festivities start with the painting of the shamrock at 11:00 AM, which is at 9th Street and Phillips Avenue. The staging for the parade starts at 12:30 PM on Main and Dakota Avenues between 11th and 13th Streets. The actual parade starts from Phillips Avenue and 13th Street and will end at 5th Street. Streets adjacent to the route will be closed at 1:30 PM.
Anyone who is older than 16 years of age must purchase a button if they plan on walking and participating in the parade. The buttons can be purchased where the parade forms in Downtown Sioux Falls. They are $3 and part of that money goes towards Special Olympics and the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The Grand Marshal for the parade is Larry Fuller, who is a former publisher of the Argus Leader and was on hand when the parade was formed.
The falls will be lit green on Friday and Saturday for the holiday. The parade is celebrating 38 years this year.
Many businesses in Downtown Sioux Falls will have special menus or activities for the holiday. Keller's Green Grocery will be serving Corned Beef Hash Saturday morning.
The Khartum Temple Pipes and Drums from Canada will play in the parade as well as several places around Sioux Falls. They have performed in the parade almost ever since it started. They will make guest appearances in local schools, senior living communities, and hospitals Friday and Saturday.