Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade dedicated to the memory of Tony Maucieri, Sr.
When the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place in Crosslake on March 17 this year, one very important person will be missing. For the first time in the parade’s history, Tony Maucieri will not be riding in the parade. He passed away Tuesday following a brief illness.
Maucieri was one of the founders of the parade. His daughter Dawn said that soon after the family moved from Chicago to Crosslake her father and Andy Apollo, the owner of the Cedar Chest at the time, started the parade to create some activity in town during the winter months. A few years later, Bob Mudek, owner of Riverside Saloon and Eatery, became involved.
“That first parade had only five or six floats,” Dawn Maucieri said. “Afterwards, there was a progressive dinner. One restaurant would serve appetizers, one would serve dinners and one would host a band and dancing,” she said. “The restaurants would take turns hosting the separate functions,” Mudek said.
Social media offers dark spaces for political campaigning
The main events in a political campaign used to happen in the open: a debate, the release of a major TV ad or a public event where candidates tried to earn a spot on the evening news or the next day’s front page.
That was before the explosion of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube as political platforms. Now some of a campaign’s most pivotal efforts happen in the often-murky world of social media, where ads can be targeted to ever-narrower slices of the electorate and run continuously with no disclosure of who is paying for them. Reporters cannot easily discern what voters are seeing, and hoaxes and forgeries spread instantaneously.
Journalists trying to hold candidates accountable have a hard time keeping up.
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