The Tri-State region is gearing up to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Saturday in true Irish fashion. From food to music, 5Ks and a parade, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Thirty-two years ago Jeff Dorsey and Dennis Oliver walked down Maine Street a week before St. Patrick's Day in an attempt to get into "The Guinness Book of World Records" for the smallest parade. The Y101 disc jockeys didn't break the record -- a person having a solo parade actually holds it -- but they did start a Quincy tradition that remains a popular family-friendly event each year.
The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held 11 a.m. in Quincy. About 100 entries are registered this year.
"People have been stuck indoors all winter," Dorsey said. "We like to say this parade ushers in spring. You get in some fresh air outside, and it's a lot of fun to both be in the parade and watch."
The parade will travel down Maine Street from 12th to Fifth Street. People are asked to wear green, and candy will be handed out to people who line the street. The parade usually ends around 12:30 p.m.
People can still register to be in the parade by doing so at Y101radio.com. There is no cost attached to participate.
St. Rose of Lima dinner
Quincy's historic Irish Catholic church is celebrating St. Patrick's Day in traditional fashion.
St. Rose of Lima, located at Eighth and Chestnut, will be serving an Irish meal 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the St. Rose Parish Hall, 715 Chestnut St. Customers will be able to enjoy the Butcher Block's homemade corned beef and cabbage or German sausage and sauerkraut with mashed potatoes and dessert. Hot dogs and tea and coffee also will be available. People can dine in or have the meal to go.
Various musicians will play Irish music all day, and performances will feature bagpipes, bluegrass, flutes, strings and vocals.
Ticket prices are $9.75 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and younger. The price will be reduced to $8.75 between 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday. Advance tickets costing $8.75 are available at the Butcher Block, 819 Maine St., prior to the event.
More information is available by calling 217-222-2511 or visiting SaintRoseQuincy.org.
America's only town named after the patron saint of Ireland has a full day of activities planned for St. Patrick's Day.
St. Patrick is about 10 miles northwest of Canton, Mo., on Route 81 and annually offers a roast beef dinner, Irish music, stamp cancellations and more.
"People won't be disappointed," pastoral administrator Kristin Roth said. "Each year this festival is like a homecoming for people. It's a wonderful way to have fun and honor such a special little town."
Beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, coffee and doughnuts will be offered, and registration for the 10 a.m. Leprechaun 5K will occur.
Kahoka, Mo., residents Roger and Aaron Watson will start performing Irish music at 11 a.m. Also at that time, a roast beef dinner with mashed potatoes and green beans will be served until 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 to 12. Those younger eat for free.
From noon to 2 p.m., there will be tours of the Shrine of St. Patrick church and its museum. A Catholic mass will be held at the church at 4 p.m.
Also available throughout the day is a silent auction, raffle, bake sale, opportunity to purchase souvenirs and stamp cancellations.
"The postal markings are popular," Roth said. "We get people from all over the U.S. who write to us to collect the St. Patrick marking."
All events Saturday will be held at the Shrine of St. Patrick. Stamp cancellations, postmarks and postal mailing will be held at the St. Patrick Post Office. More information is available by visiting SaintPatrickShrine.com.
Come dressed in green to participate in the YMCA of Hannibal's fourth annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run/Walk to be held 8 a.m. Saturday.
Participants will start at B&B Theatres on Main Street, go up Warren Barrett Drive, down Colfax Avenue, onto the Sodalis Trail, then travel on Sycamore Street before finally looping back onto Main Street.
New this year is a Little Leprechaun obstacle course challenge for children ages 4 to 12.
More information and a pre-registration form is available at YMCAofHannibal.org. Day-of registration also will be accepted before the Shamrock Shuffle begins.