Organizers say the first St. Patrick's Day Parade was held in downtown Sioux Falls in 1980. They say the annual parade was designed to be a people's parade - meaning anyone can participate as long as they're wearing a button. The "official" St. Patrick's Day Parade buttons cost $3.00 each. All proceeds are donated to the Special Olympics and other children's charities in the Sioux Falls area.
The festivities will begin on Saturday, March 17th, with the annual Painting of the Shamrock. This will be held at the corner of 9th Street & Phillips Avenue. A proclamation will be read in the atrium of The First National Bank in Sioux Falls, followed by the Painting of the Shamrock. This starts at 11:45 a.m.
Then the parade line up will begin at the staging area on the corner of 5th Street & Main Avenue at 12:30 p.m. The parade begins at 2:00 p.m. Placement in the parade is on a first-come, first-serve basis and is at the discretion of Parade Officials. Adults 16 and over must purchase an official St. Patrick's Day Button which you can buy at the event.
Staging and de-staging for this event will be on Main Ave. from 5th St. to 2nd St. This area will be shut down starting at 10:30 a.m. The 100 S. Block of Phillips Ave, in front of First National Bank will be closed at 11:30 a.m. for the reading of the Proclamation and Painting of the Shamrock.The parade route will be shut down at approximately 1:45 p.m. The parade is expected to last approximately 1 ½ hours. The parade will start at 5th St. and Main Ave. It will go south on Main Ave. to 13th St., east on 13th St. to Phillips Ave. and north on Phillips Ave. to 5th St. Motorists entering the downtown area will be detoured around the parade route and encouraged to use 14th St. and North Drive as an alternate route.
The "St. Patty's Day Mile" road race will preface the parade at 1:55 p.m. Runners will start at 17th St. and Phillips Ave. and run straight north and end at 5th St. and Phillips Ave. As a result of this event, 14th St. will be shut down for a very short time to allow the participants to cross 14th St. In addition, the Sioux Falls Police Department will have extra officers working immediately after the parade into the overnight hours focusing on speed enforcement, DWI and Seatbelt compliance.
The annual St. Patrick's Day 5 Mile and 5K Runs will take place Saturday, March 17th starting at 9:00 a.m. Staging for the 5 Mile run will be at 5th St. and Phillips Ave. at approximately 8:00 a.m. The race is scheduled to start at 9:00 a.m. The run route will be north on Phillips Ave. from 5th St. to Falls Park Dr. to the bike trails at Falls Park and returning on the reverse route. Phillips Ave. will be closed from 5th St. to Falls Park Dr. and Falls Park Dr. will be closed to Weber Ave. for the start of the race. After race participants are on the bike trail, one lane will be opened intermittently.
Staging for the 5K run will be at 5th St. and Phillips Ave. at approximately 11:00 a.m. The race is scheduled to start at 11:30 a.m. The run route will be north on Phillips Ave. from 5th St. to Falls Park Dr., Falls Park Dr. into the Farmers Market area, into Falls Park and returning to 5th St. and Phillips Ave. Phillips Ave. will be closed from 5th St. to Falls Park Dr. and Falls Park Dr. will be closed to Weber Ave. for the duration of the race. The roadways should be opened back up at approximately 12:30 p.m. The eastside parking area of Falls Park can still be accessed during this time. We ask that motorist in that area uses alternate routes of 6th St or North Drive during the race periods.
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