Pictured in the front are this year’s Miss Shamrock candidates. They are, from left, Abigail Siegle, Jessica Prader and Aryanna Mulroy. Pictured in the back, from left, are Irish Lads Jack Piche, Tyler O’Brien and Drew Spellman. Missing from the photo is Jack Fogarty.
Pictured in the front are this year’s Miss Shamrock candidates. They are, from left, Abigail Siegle, Jessica Prader and Aryanna Mulroy. Pictured in the back, from left, are Irish Lads Jack Piche, Tyler O’Brien and Drew Spellman. Missing from the photo is Jack Fogarty.
Actual St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday but in Belle Plaine that will be the appetizer for the main celebration that will take place on Saturday.
Saturday’s Festivities will start with the noon Mass at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church. Parade participants will lineup outside the church after the mass and commence their march through downtown at about 1 p.m. Among those participating in the Mass will be the K of C Grand Knights.
Members of the Twin Cities Metro Pipe Band will perform at the mass and the parade. They will also perform in various downtown establishments following the post-parade program.
The individual/clan with the most unique Celtic Cross will win $100. Each cross entry will be judged.
There are three Miss Shamrock candidates. They are Belle Plaine High School juniors Aryanna Mulroy, daughter of Patrick and Charlotte Mulroy; Jessica Prader, daughter of Scott and Vicki Prader; and Abigail Siegle, daughter of Jeff and Melissa Siegle. Miss Shamrock will receive $500 and the princesses $100.
Last year, Rachel Fahey and Lauren Murphy were simultaneously crowned Co-Miss Shamrocks. They will crown their replacement at Saturday’s post-parade program.
This year’s Irish Lads are Jack Fogarty, son of Emmett and Karen Fogarty; Tyler O’Brien, son of Pat and Linda O’Brien; Jack Piche, son of Jason and Heidi Piche; and Drew Spellman, son of Mike and Tracy Spellman.
The emcee for the post-parade program is Heidi Piche, daughter of one of the grand marshals of the parade (Jeanette Gloege). Heidi, who was born and raised in Belle Plaine, works at Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis.
Following the post-parade program downtown, the local Ancient Order of Hibernians Shamrock Division will sponsor a traditional Irish music band and dancers at Neisen’s Corner Bar Rustic Room downtown from 3-5 p.m.
Providing the music will be Broken Spoke, a Twin Cities-based Irish music ensemble. They will play a wide range of lively traditional Iris instrumental tunes and Irish songs.
Broken Spoke won the best new Irish Band award at the 2011 Minnesota Irish Fest and will be joined by a group of Irish dancers.