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St. Paul St. Patrick's Day Parade In Its 57th Year

Family Makes It An Annual Tradition

March 17, 2018 - 6:31 pm

It's a St. Paul tradition in its 57th year. The St. Patrick's Day parade drew thousands to downtown for the annual celebrate of Irish heritage. Community groups, organizations and even Irish families marched down 5th Street on a bright and mild day.

This family says they come every year.

"Heritage. I'm born and raised here, I'm Irish. This is a very nice parade they put on. Probably one of the best in the country, and I want my kids to grow up with the same views I grew up with, with the same traditions," the father said.

Started in 1967, the tradition is carried on by the volunteer St. Patrick's Association. Organizers and supporters spent weeks fundraising to cover costs for things like police, but they say the remaining funds go to local charities.

For anyone going out later or coming to the parade in Minneapolis Saturday evening, Metro Transit rides are free from 6pm to 3am to celebrate responsibly.