Grace to hold second annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
by Jeff Switzer
The Township of Grace will be holding their second annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 8:30 a.m. on Mar. 15. It's expected to be twice as festive as last year's gala event.
The parade route begins at the Chrysler outlet of Fitz Auto Parts in Grace and runs south on Highway 9 to the Vintage Auto Parts parking lot.
Last year's parade boasted 17 entries, including Grace's fire truck, a mule team with wagon, and a postal truck. According to Grace's Fire Chief Ted Johns, at least one of Grace's two fire trucks will be in the parade. The City of Maltby's official fire truck is also expected to enter.
The Honorary Grand Marshal of the parade will be "Grace," a 5-year-old Basset Hound belonging to Gary and Patty Greene. The Greenes are the founders of the now-world-famous "Basset Bash and Brigade" which has run in Woodinville's All Fools' Day Parade for 13 years.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Grace is expected to last eight minutes, with an hour allotted for coffee and judging at the end of the parade route. Rules for the parade and parade permit appeared in the March 1996 edition of the Greater Grace Gazette, which outlined that:
- Having fun must be considered serious business before, after, and while on the parade route;
- Participants must obey the Chief of Police;
- Participants shall wave, smile, and make other friendly gestures at both parade viewers; and
- At the end of the parade, all participants must disband within a reasonable time and go back to their respective townships. Loitering is expressly forbidden within the limits of Grace.