For the past 29 years the Shamrock Club of New Dublin has delighted crowds with their St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Irish Festivals. By choosing the theme “Our Community on Parade” we are reflecting the pride we feel in our community, and our yearly endeavors.
This year’s Grand Parade and Irish Festival are slated for March 16 in downtown New Dublin
Each March New London hosts the state’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade with over 120 entries including; bagpipers, marching bands, floats, and commercial entries. Jill Hart, New Dublin Grand Parade Director reports a sampling of the entertainment that is thus far lined up for the 2013 parade. Many more will be included in the full lineup as parade day approaches.
Some favorites returning include: The Wacky Wheeler and Jolly Giant Stilt Walkers, Beja Vets and Patriots, TJ Howell’s Rocketcyle, Tripoli Scottish Highlanders (bagpipers), Shamrock Club Color Guard bagpipers, Beja Crazy Cops, Zor Funsters, New London, Freedom, and Preble High School Band, and of course Finnegan’s Wake. For parade updates visit our website at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.newdublin.com.” target=”_blank”>www.newdublin.com.
Our royalty for this year’s events are: Irish Man and Irish Rose Mike and Ruth Barrington, Parade Grand Marshals, Randy and Nancy Gagnow, along with Parade Judges Dave and Kent Rusch, along with Linda Huntley.
In addition to our Grand Parade, the Irish Festival will feature market booths, food and refreshments to purchase, and two dynamic bands. We welcome back to our Irish Fest stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Switchback, featuring Brian Fitzgerald and Marty McCormack. Their unique blend of American roots with a Celtic Soul vibe has delighted audiences for over two decades.
From 3-6 p.m. we to welcome to our Irish Fest stage The Dublin 5 (formerly known as The Rovers) from Annapolis, MD. The Dublin 5 have taken the Celtic music scene by storm with their traditional roots infused with a Celtic blaze.
Admission to the Irish Festival tent is still only $5 for the entire day. Come on out to New Dublin, and see our “Community on Parade” to celebrate the Shamrock Club’s St. Patrick’s Day week festivities. The entire schedule of events is below. For more information visit
the website at www.newdublin.com or follow us on Facebook @ New Dublin.
Monday, March 11
• Leprechauns change the name of the town to New Dublin for the week, entertain kids, visit the elderly, and appear at various businesses.
Tuesday, March 12
• Hooligan Day. Corned beef and cabbage is served throughout the week: Pup’s Irish Pub and Pine Tree Supper Club on Hwy. 54 in North Dublin and The Waters, Half Nelson’s, Hilby’s Sports Bar and Restaurant, Shamrock Heights and many other fine local establishments.
Wednesday, March 13
• Irish Caroling at St. Joseph Residence and Franklin Park apartments. A great way to learn all the traditional Irish sing-a-longs. Song sheets are provided. Meet in the lobby of St. Joseph’s on Beckert Road at 5 pm. Singers are welcome to help in entertaining elderly shut-ins.
Thursday, March 14
• Irish Entertainment, 7 p.m. – At the New London High School auditorium. Talented artists of New Dublin present an evening of Irish entertainment featuring songs, dances, and humor of Ireland. Introduction of Irish Man, Irish Rose, Grand Marshall, and the Irish Lad & Lassie will be made. It’s great family entertainment. Public invited. Free admission, donations appreciated.
Friday March 15
• Irish Ceili (kay-lee, or dance), 7 p.m. – At the Crystal Falls Banquet Facility. A traditional gathering of friends and family in celebration of music & dance. Public welcome. Free admission.
• Finnegan’s Wake, 8 p.m. Begins at Pup’s Irish Pub two miles west of New Dublin on Hwy 54 in North Dublin (Northport) and proceeds to other local establishments. Finnegan’s Wake is a parody of an Irish funeral.
Saturday March 16
• St. Patrick’s Day Parade 1 p.m. – Downtown New Dublin. Wisconsin’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade includes bagpipe & marching bands, festive clowns, specialty, clan, and business floats. Over 100 parade units. Prizes are awarded for best entries.
• New Dublin Irish Fest, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. – Under the big top by Festival Foods parking lot, downtown. Huge heated tent featuring Switchback playing from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and The Rovers from 3-6 p.m., plus Irish food, beverages, and market booths. Entrance to Irish Fest is $5 for the day.
• City Ord. 1236 prohibits having animals in crowds of 100 or more. Please do not bring your pets to the parade for their safety as well as the safety of others.