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2007 Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal Tony Maucieri, Sr.

Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade dedicated to the memory of Tony Maucieri, Sr.

Web posted March 13, 2018
By Bill Monroe, Northland Press Correspondent

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.

Back in the early days of the parade Maucieri owned Echo Ridge, a restaurant that was located where Zorbaz is now on County Road 66.

Maucieri was Grand Marshal of the Parade in 2007. Each year, parade watchers eagerly anticipated what the Maucieri family would come up with for their float. Maucieri played many roles on those floats over the years. “Dad was up for anything,” Dawn Maucieri said.

“Tony was one of the greatest guys you would ever want to meet,” Mudek said. “I can’t think of anyone who disliked him. He’s one of the first persons we met when we moved here in 1978. He really loved life,” he said.

In honor of Maucieri, each parade entrant this year will carry a special flag provided by the St. Patrick’s Day Committee and the Committee will carry a banner dedicating the parade in his honor. “Tony was an icon in this community,” said Cindy Myogeto, Director the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce. “His vision and vitality helped make Crosslake what it is today. He will be sorely missed in our community. I’m so happy that he saw his creation grow to be the huge celebration that it has become,” she said.

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