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St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day parade is a drive-through this year

After being canceled last year due to COVID, the annual event is a go this year.

After being canceled at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the St. Patrick's Day parade in St. Paul is a go this year, albeit celebrations will be different. 

This year's event, called the 2021 Irish Mask-arade, will be held at noon on March 17. And it will be a drive-through event at the former Sears parking lot at 425 Rice St., with parade participants standing still while viewers drive by them. 

Unlike a normal parade, attendance will be limited to 150 vehicles. Those who want to drive through the parade need to sign up here by Feb. 24 to secure their spot.

The free event will feature Irish spirit, Miss Shamrock and Mr. Pat, 2021 Irish Dignitaries, Grand Marshals, St. Patrick's Association members, Irish dancers, bagpipes and other Irish entertainment. 

There will also be a contest for the most festive vehicles, with a $100 prize for each category. 

For more details, visit stpatsmn.org.

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