The 38th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade planned for Saturday in Crosslake
CROSSLAKE — Plan to shake your shamrocks during the 38th annual Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, on Saturday in Crosslake. The parade begins 2 p.m. in Crosslake Town Square and winds its way to Crow Wing County Road 3 before heading north on Route 66. Longstanding Crosslake business community supporters Jim and Diana Gallaway of Build-All Lumber will
be honored as this year’s grand marshals.
Billed as the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day Parade outside of St. Paul, an anticipated crowd of nearly 10,000 will line the parade route through the heart of Crosslake to watch local businesses and organizations show off creative floats. This year’s legendary Crosslake parade also will include more than a dozen Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers from St. Paul, the Minnesota Vikings Skol Drum Line and the St. Cloud State University Marching Band, as well as an assortment of bagpipers.
To get truly in the Irish spirit, begin your search for Crosslake’s own Pot O’ Gold starting on Thursday. Clues for the treasure hunt will be posted at 9 a.m. daily at participating Crosslake area merchants and at all Brainerd Lakes Chamber offices, as well as online at Crosslake.com and on the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade event Facebook page. The lucky leprechaun that finds the treasure will win $100 in Chamber Bucks — a universal gift certificate for the entire Brainerd lakes area.
Raffle tickets are still available throughout the community, including at the Chamber office in Crosslake. Receive a free 2012 Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Blinkie Button with each $5 raffle ticket purchased and you’ll find your Irish eyes smiling. Wear the Blinkie Button to cash in on great discounts and deals throughout Crosslake! Raffle prize winners will be announced March 24 during the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle Party at Maucieri’s Italian Bistro hosted by BlackRidgeBANK and Maucieri’s.
For a complete list of all Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade events, sponsors and for a map of the parade route, visit www.crosslake.com.