The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Association welcomes your family to
join us this year in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day 2012.
The Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday,
March 17th, on the Nicollet Mall beginning 6:30 p.m. The parade route
will start at Nicollet and 13th Street till’ it reaches 5th Street.
The history of the parade dates back to 1969 when Duff’s Bar and the
Bradford’s Pub initiated the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade for
Minneapolis. It was a short caravan between the two pubs, and
ironically, was prompted by friendly jibing of some gentlemen of other
ethnic backgrounds. The first parade consisted of one float, provided by
the Sons and Daughters of Ireland. It was a social event, including wild
members of the Minnesota Vikings Football team riding motorcycles into
Duff’s bar to commemorate the parade.