NewsMarch 07 2018

The Irish Tradition returns to Presho

Posted by Lucy

The Irish Tradition returns to Presho  
   ‘Tis a fine time of year as winter slowly draws to a close and we look forward to the finest o’ holidays, that being the feast o’ Saint Patrick on March 17th.  And though celebrated across God’s green Earth for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the Year of our Lord One Thousand nine hundred and eighty-three that the Irish village o’ Presho first celebrated this Grand holiday!  As Irish Legend has it, a group o’ Irishmen and women were gathered in the local Irish pub to make plans for the fast-approaching Saint Patrick’s Day holiday, only a week in the future.  They decided that it was only fitting to host a parade in the Saint’s honor!  And what a fine Saint indeed!  The group departed, but once again assembled on March the 17, 1983.  After raising a pint to the Good Saint and his emerald isle, they stepped outside to find a car bedecked with shamrocks, surely a sign from God!  The group of 18 piled into the sedan and proceeded to drag main, in the middle of the night, honking the horn!  And though no one saw Presho’s first parade, it’s safe to say that everyone heard it!  
   Saturday March 17 will once again see our grand ole Irish capital celebrating for the 36th time in the same Irish tradition.  The American Lutheran Church will host their St. Pat’s rummage sale starting in the morning. 
   The shamrock shuffle fun run registration will start at 10 am at Jet Lanes on Main street, with the shuffle beginning at noon.  You can also pre-register for the shuffle by talking to Jet Lanes.  Live music will be performed at 12:30 by “Too Drunk to Fish”.  Parade line-up starts at 1:45 at the corner of Man St. and Willow St. near the Methodist church and the Grand Parade starts at 2:00 on Main St.  No registration is required.    There is a float competition with cash prizes.  The winner will have their name added to the Pat Konzem Memorial Plaque.  Jet Lanes will host a second live band at 7:00 pm.  
   Irish food and drink will be served at both Hutch’s and Jet Lanes.  Presho’s only bagpipe band will be making the rounds and you’ll also have the chance to kiss the Blarney Stone!  
   May the road rise up to meet you,
   May the wind be always at your back,
   May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rain fall soft upon your fields, 
   And until we meet again, May the Good Lord hold you in the Palm of His hand. 
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