Sioux City St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off today
SIOX CITY -- St. Patrick’s Day is something Kelly Quinn looks forward to every year.
As a child he’d spend his holiday with family members sporting green shirts and snacking on corned beef and cabbage and other traditional eats. It was an event to anticipate and plan for and it was important to Quinn’s family.
But in all the years he spent celebrating the Irish holiday with his equally Irish relatives, Quinn never attended a St. Patty’s Day parade in Sioux City. The reason?
“We never had one in Sioux City,” Quinn said.
For the past nine years, that certainly hasn’t been the case. Returning today, is the 9th Annual Sioux City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The route will start on Fourth Street and Iowa Street in Sioux City, and travel west toward Water Street. The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m.
With the help of 50 to 60 floats and other numerous participants, Quinn said it’s going to be the biggest yet.
“We have the parade on a Friday this year, which is good,” he said. Quinn is the co-chair of the Sioux City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
“People tend to get excited about things happening on Fridays and weekends, so we’re getting better responses,” he said.
Quinn is already prepared for St. Patty’s Day. He’s got his green jacket and an authentic Irish cap that’s been passed down from his father. He suggested that people standing along Historic Fourth Street bring plenty of bags to hold candy and to also wear green, of course.
With the parade reaching its 10-year anniversary next year, Quinn hopes that memories of the parade will persist with the kids and their families.
“In 20 years we hope it’s as big as any other parade around here,” he said.
Quinn’s own kids are excited.
“My daughter was just saying that she is super excited for the parade,” he said. “I want them to grow up with something to celebrate on St. Patrick’s Day. They look forward to it every year. We’re going to walk in the parade. Just being in the parade is what the kids want to do, and I want them to remember it when they’re older
“I want it to be a part of what we do.”
Participating in this year’s parade are local schools, sports teams businesses and Irish heritage families.