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St. Paddy's Parade slated for Sunday

Thousands of St. Patrick's Day revelers will soon hit the streets for New Richmond's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The parade is scheduled for Sunday, March 17, and will begin at 2 p.m. in front of McCabe's Shamrock Club, 123 W. Third St.

"We think, being on a Sunday, that this will be a great family thing," said MariBeth Driscoll, one of the parade organizers. "It'll be a whole weekend thing."

The parade will follow the same route as the past few years, beginning at McCabe's Shamrock Club, heading north on South Knowles Avenue and turning west at West First Street. At Washington Avenue, the parade will turn south, past Immaculate Conception Church and St. Mary's School, and then head east on Third Street back to McCabe's.

This year's parade is expected to last about an hour and a half, said Driscoll.

The parade will go on no matter what the weather, she said.

Along with the traditional family floats, bag pipers and stilt walkers will return for the 2013 parade. Various retailers, animals, clubs and St. Mary's School have also signed on to walk the parade.

"We never know exactly how many people will participate until the day of," Driscoll said.

Bill Driscoll, Maribeth's husband, said the annual parade is the best in town.

"I always say when the mouth of the dragon catches the end, that's a good parade," he said.

The parade was started in 1977 by Ruth McCabe, Maribeth's mother. McCabe will be honored this year as the parade's grand marshal. She'll kick off the parade in a horse-drawn carriage.

The family-oriented event does a lot for the town, Bill said.

"This doesn't just bring people to the bars," he said. "This is good for all the merchants in town."

McCabe and the Driscolls are hoping for a turnout like last year's event, they said.

"It's really going to depend on the weather," Maribeth said. "If it rains, that's the one factor that could keep people away."

The St. Paddy celebration kicks off Friday night at McCabe's Shamrock Club with The Rhythm Roosters, a rhythm and blues band, and Steve Kaminski, mouth organist.

Rudy Rudisell is slated to perform on Saturday, March 16, at 8:30 p.m. and the ever-popular Hare's Ear will perform Sunday, following the parade.

For more information about the parade, call McCabe's Shamrock Club at 715-246-3327.