Festivities draw downtown paraders – Brainerd Dispatch

BRAINERD – Downtown Brainerd felt lucky after a two-year hiatus on Saturday, March 12, as shoppers gathered to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day again with a parade.

With a starting temperature of 10 degrees, hundreds of people gathered in the streets to watch the tours and grab a candy or two after two years interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

St. Patrick’s Day festivities include a celebration of all things Irish with special food and drink, family activities and a medallion hunt, all topped off with the town center parade.

In keeping with tradition, the Children’s Costume Contest was held at Veterans of Foreign Wars Station No. 1647. For Carly Gilbertson, it was a tradition that came back at the right time as her children grew up.

“I’ve been coming to this parade since I was a kid and now with my kids we’ve been doing it for years,” Gilbertson said. “I’m just glad they’ve got it back this year…I grew up here so I have friends who go in the parade too. (It’s) tradition and I wouldn’t miss it.

The day marks the feast day of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Biography.com notes that traditional religious observance has developed into a strong secular international celebration of Irish culture and heritage.

Attending to those enjoying a green beer after their snack of ground sweets, O’Neary’s Irish pub bartender Sammy Hashman greeted everyone with a smile that never stopped as she moved around in the bar filling glasses and getting ready for the day.

Full of joy on Saturday March 12 at O’Neary’s Irish Pub was bartender, Sammy Hashman, who created everyone with a smile.

Tim Speier / Brainerd Dispatch

“St. Paddy’s Day – is – awesome,” Hashman said. “It’s the best day of the year. People are coming out in droves. »

Whether the cold kept people indoors on Saturday or for those who want more, the 48th annual Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration begins at 2 p.m. on March 19 after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.

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