Parade set for St. Patrick's Day March 17

For one day a year anyone can don a little Irish heritage during Luverne’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade or take part in two added events.

This year’s parade will be March 17, beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Anyone can decorate a float, car, wagon or bicycle or dress in costume for the Thursday event, sponsored by the Luverne Area Chamber.

“We don’t have any requirements as long as they show some St. Patrick’s Day spirit,” said Chamber Director Jane Wildung Lanphere adding, “It’s an awakening of spring.”

No pre-registration is required.

The parade route will be down Main Street from Blue Mound Avenue to Freeman Street. All entrants will meet at the Living Rock Church parking lot on East Main.

Last year’s parade lasted about 15 minutes.

Following the parade this year will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the recently remodeled Rock County Community Library.

The ceremony begins at 5 p.m. at the library.

Then at the Eagles Club from 5 p.m. until sandwiches are gone is the CHS Harvest for Hunger corned beef or Reuben sandwich dinner. The CHS-Eastern Farmers Co-op in Luverne and Magnolia hosts the event.

The freewill donations will go to the Rock County Food Shelf. Last year the group raised $1,275.

In addition, from now until March 20, all CHS Eastern Farmers Co-op locations will accept grain and monetary donations.

Locally these monies will be matched by CHS Country Operations and given to food distributor Second Harvest Heartland Regional Food Bank for use in Rock and Nobles counties.

Last year more than $12,600 was donated to the local food shelves.

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