There's one day a year where you don’t have to have red hair, a face full of freckles or Celtic roots to celebrate being Irish. Every year on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are open to one and all regardless of where you are from.
Elkader has fully embraced the fun traditions inspired by this Irish holiday, and this year, the town will host its 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Elkader’s first St. Patrick’s Day celebration was actually founded by two Pats, Pat Finley and Pat Keleher, in 1992. During that first year of festivities, there were games and activities for the kiddos, a parade in downtown and a post parade musical sing along. All of these traditions still continue to take place today.
This year’s St. Patrick's Day celebration will be just as lively and we promise you'll have at least a wee bit of fun! To get you in the spirit, head to Jem Salon and Spa from 3pm to 5pm for face painting with Lori Keppler. Then head over to Main Street and line up on the sidewalk for the parade which starts near Peace Church and heads south down Main Street toward Founders Park. Father Paul Peters will be at Johnson’s Restaurant following the parade playing some Irish jigs and sing along songs again this year as well. Be sure to check with your favorite downtown restaurant as well to see what other fun festivities they have planned following the parade!
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