Irish Hat and Gold

The Belle Plaine St. Patrick's Day celebration will look different in 2021, but organizers say they've identified ways to still enjoy the holiday safely while observing public health guidelines.

The St. Patrick's Day Committee shared these details for the events on Saturday, March 13.

St. Patrick's Day Mass

Our Lady of the Prairie Church will have a St. Patrick’s Day Mass at 12:00 p.m. on March 13, with first come limited seating of 180 in the church and 70 in Roedel Hall. The service will be live streaming online at www.ourladyoftheprairie.com.

Vehicle Procession

A vehicle procession will commence after Mass at 1:00 p.m. behind Our Lady of the Prairie Church.

Vehicle procession participants must remain in their vehicles (aside from restroom use) for the entire gathering. If participants are otherwise required to leave their vehicles, the event must adhere to the Stay Safe Guidance for Entertainment and Meeting Venues (https://staysafe. mn.gov/industry-guidance/entertainment.jsp), including capacity limitations.

If vehicle windows are open, masks must be worn by the people in the vehicle.

Vehicle procession participants should not provide food, beverage, merchandise, and other goods to patrons or spectators during the vehicle procession, including distribution of candy.

There will be no public bathrooms available other than restrooms in bars and restaurants. Face coverings must be worn when leaving vehicles to use the restroom.

Social distancing must be maintained between members of different households when riding in a vehicle. Consistent with the restrictions on social gatherings in EO 21-01 as amended by EO 21- 07, occupancy in any one vehicle must not exceed members from two different households, up to 10 people.

City Code does not allow ATV operation within the city, and golf carts have to be registered at the police department. Golf carts that will be utilized in the procession must be off the streets immediately after the procession. ATVs can be used in the procession but must be trailered to and from the procession route.

During the pendency of the vehicle procession, spectators are expected to adhere with Minnesota Stay Safe Guidelines, practice social distancing, and use face coverings.

Please be mindful to pick up any trash or litter. City code does not allow alcohol outside on any street, sidewalk, or alley.

COVID guidelines prevent large groups to gather unless social distancing is adhered to. Congregating on city streets will not be allowed. No open containers will be allowed outside the bars and restaurants.

Individuals who have any symptoms of illness who are waiting for COVID-19 test results, or who have been identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19 should not participate whether indoors or outdoors.

After the vehicle procession commences, the public events put on by the Belle Plaine St. Patrick’s Day Committee will be complete.

Private Coronation

There will be a private, invitation only St. Patrick’s Day Coronation Program after the vehicle procession, starting around 1:30 p.m.

The program will be streaming live on the Belle Plaine St. Patrick’s Day Facebook page.

Broken Spokes Band will be playing at the Vets Club at 2:30 p.m, compliments of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The Vets Club will follow CDC guidelines and all occupancy requirements, which allows a maximum of 75 attendees.

Medallion Hunt

St. Patrick’s Day Medallion Hunt clues will be published in the Belle Plaine Herald for three weeks, starting Feb. 24 through March 10. The clues will be a tribute to the late Jeanette Sullivan Gloege, our friend and St. Patrick’s Day leader for almost 50 years.The winner(s) will receive $100.

Coloring Contest

For the Belle Plaine St. Patrick’s Day Coloring Contest, school aged children can draw and color any Irish themed illustration.

One winner in K-3rd grade receives $25, and one winner in grades 4-6 also receives $25.

Drawings should be submitted on the Belle Plaine St. Patrick’s Day Facebook page.

Please include the student’s grade and first name.

Illustrations must be posted no later than Saturday, March 13, at 12:00 p.m. Winners will be contacted via instant messenger.

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