21st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 13

       More than 100 entrants are slated for the 21st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Old Colorado City March 13.
        Starting at noon, the parade will go east down Colorado Avenue between 27th and 17th streets. If the weather is favorable - last year temperatures were 70 degrees - up to 35,000 spectators could be on hand.
        Grand marshals will be John and Becky Creaney, who hail from Belfast County Antrim in Ireland and helped found the local Irish Club. Creaney also served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force and is active in retiree and veterans organizations.
        Parade entrants will be as wide-ranging as ever, according to Chris “O'” Gorman, spokesperson for O'Donnell & O'Donnell, a Westside event promotions firm that puts on the parade every year.
       “Where else,” she asked in a blarney-free press release, “will you find high wheelers from the 1800s, hear the Gaelic sounds of the Pipe and Drum Corps, see car clubs from Model A's to Mustangs and Corvettes, witness the Pikes Peak Range Rider Pivots - celebrating their 50th anniversary this year - numerous marching groups from across our community, antique and new fire trucks and kids, kids, and more kids to round out the festivities!”
       In addition, she said most retail shops in Old Colorado City will be open at 10 a.m., and street vendors also will be out and about. “It's the town's first outdoor event of the year,” Gorman said. “Bring the whole family and make a day of it.”
       The parade will be preceded, as always, by two footraces going east on Colorado Avenue from Bancroft Park and back. The adult race, a 5K, will begin at 10 a.m., with the Kids' Fun Run at 11. Runners can sign up starting at 9 a.m. or pre-register at Runner's Roost in downtown Colorado Springs.
       Colorado Avenue (as well as some of its side feeder streets) will be closed off between 30th and 17th streets from about 9:45 a.m. until the parade ends.
       These are the parade entries from the Westside (subject to change):
       * Old Colorado City Library - horse and carriage with “Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Carnegie.”
        * Howbert Elementary - Junior and Brownie Girl Scouts and flags and color guard, on foot.
        * Bassett Hound Rescue - dogs and companions, on foot.
       * Rocky Mountain Old West Reenactors - float and on foot, with performances as they go.
        * Sheikhani dance group - float, with performances as they go.
       * Mill Hill Saloon - float.
       * The Mason Jar restaurant - float.
       * Area Labor Council - on foot.

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