The annual Blinkie Button Pinning Party; Chamber volunteers and committee members spend an early evening preparing the 2013 St.Patrick’s Day Celebration blinkie buttons. Pictured l-r are: Crosslake Area Chamber Director Cindy Myogeto, Katie Wallace, Bruce Gately, Colleen Murray, Tracy Nelson, Crystal Glaser, Paul Nelson, Laura Goerges and St. Patrick’s Day Committee Chair Mike O’Connell - photo by Paul Boblett
Mike O’Connell, St. Patrick’s Day committee chair, presents the traveling shamrock to representatives of Essentia Health, the 2013 Platinum Sponsor.
Join the Party: 39th annual Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade is March 16!
Web posted March 12, 2013
Get your green on during the 39th annual Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, on Saturday, March 16, in Crosslake. The parade begins at 2 p.m. in Crosslake’s Town Square and winds its way to County Road 3 before heading north on Route 66. Longstanding Crosslake business community supporters Roger and Nancy Schweiters of Boyd Lodge will be honored as this year’s grand marshals.
Billed as the state’s biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day parade outside of St. Paul, an estimated crowd of nearly 20,000 were in attendance at 2012’s parade, lining the route through the heart of Crosslake to watch local businesses and organizations show off creative floats. This year’s legendary Crosslake parade also will include first-time appearances by renowned musical features, including the Chmielewski Funtime Band, the Dirty Shorts Brass Band and the Biscuit Boy Band as well as returning features, such as the Minnesota Vikings Skol Drum Line and the Pequot Lakes High School marching band.
To truly get in the Irish spirit, begin your search for Crosslake’s own Pot o’ Gold starting on Thursday, March 14. Clues for the treasure hunt will be posted at 9 a.m. daily at participating Crosslake area merchants and at all Brainerd Lakes Chamber offices, as well as online at Crosslake.com and on the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook event page. The lucky leprechaun who finds the treasure will win $100 in Chamber Bucks — a gift certificate for participating Brainerd Lakes Area businesses.
Raffle tickets are still available throughout the community, including at the Chamber office in Crosslake. Receive a free 2013 Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day blinkie button with each $5 raffle ticket purchased and you’ll find your Irish eyes smiling. Wear the blinkie button to cash in on great discounts and deals throughout Crosslake. Raffle prize winners will be announced March 17 during the St. Patrick’s Day Raffle Party at Manhattan’s hosted by Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Crosslake Clinic and Manhattan’s at Manhattan Beach Lodge.
Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The hunt for the lost Pot O’ Gold begins. One of three clues released daily.
Saturday, March 16, 2013
7:30am-12noon – Crosslake Firefighters Pancake Breakfast at Crosslake Lutheran Church; Kids Coloring Activity with beads for all the kids
Sunrise-11am - RE/MAX Hot Air Balloon Tether Rides at Manhattan Beach Lodge, Weather Permitting - Must be 10 years or older
11am-2pm - Pre-Parade in Crosslake's Town Square: Parade lineup begins at 12 p.m. at Swann Dr. and Allen Ave.; Maucieri's Food & Beverage Cart; Music by The Chmielewski Funtime Band; A Touch of Magic Clowns
11am-1pm - Edina Realty Foundation 2nd Annual Costume Contest, Edina Realty, Prizes awarded at 1 pm; Prairie Bay’s SideDish Food Truck on-site
11am-4pm - Tent Party at Andy's Bar, Restaurant & Liquor: Food, Bloody Mary's & Green Bottled Beer
11:30am-1:45pm Parade Participant Shuttle Service; Free transportation from C&C Boatworks parking area to parade, staging in Crosslake’s Town Square (for parade participants only).
2 pm - 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade WJJY’s $150 Enthusiasm Best Float Business Trophy and/or Chamber Bucks awards and Best Float non-profit Chamber Bucks award
3-4:30pm - Post-Parade in Crosslake's Town Square; Maucieri's Food & Beverage Cart; Music by the Dirty Shorts Band; A Touch of Magic Clowns
4-8pm - Live Music by "So Big" at Manhattan Beach Lodge
4-Close - All Day DJ Marathon with Premier Party Entertainment at Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant
4-Midnight - Live music at Maucieri's Italian Bistro
4:30-8pm - Live Music by Taylor Nelson at McCabes Pub & Bottle Shop 5-Close - Rockin Bakken at Crosslake Fifty Lakes American Legion
9-Close - DJ Music at The Wharf Sunday, March 17, 2013
4 pm - St. Patrick’s Raffle Ticket Drawing Party at Manhattan Beach Lodge: Karaoke, Food & Drink Specials. Raffle drawing begins at 5:30 p.m.
Join Essentia Health St. Joseph’s – Crosslake Clinic as they draw the winning tickets
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