Kicking off the 2011 ‘Saint Patrick’s Day Grand Parade” in New London on Saturday, March 19, will be the “New Dublin Dash,” a 3-mile run.
The run will start at 12:15 p.m. at the Washington Center, then head east through Hatten Park and will join up the parade route traveling down Pearl Street to North Water St. Runners will be in front of 25,000 cheering spectators lining the streets waiting for the parade to begin. Runners are encouraged to wear imaginative and fun Irish costumes. Prizes will be given to the top three places.
Registration will be held the morning of the event at the Washington Center from 9 a.m. – noon. Participants will receive a high quality green dri-wick shirt, shamrock bib number and refreshments after the event. Runners must be able to average a 17 minute per mile pace to make sure they are in front of the parade start.
A 1.5 mile course has been established for those who cannot maintain a 17 minute per mile pace. Unique, St. Patrick’s Day themed awards will be given to the overall male and female winners, in addition to the top 10 male and female finishers in the following categories: 12 and under, Open (ages 13 – 39) and Masters (ages 40+).
The Saint Patrick’s Day Grand Parade is Wisconsin’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade. Included in the over 100 entries in the parade will be bagpipe and marching bands, festive clowns and specialty, clan, and business floats.
Also held on Saturday will be the New “Dublin” Irish Fest, under the big top by the Festival Foods parking lot, downtown New London. Irish Fest Tent will feature Irish food, beverages, entertainment, and market booths. Entrance is $5 for the day. Additional details about the St. Patrick’s Day Festivities can be found at www.newdublin.com.