St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday, and several area communities will be celebrating over the next few days. Belle Plaine holds its annual festivities on Saturday. The day begins with a Noon Mass at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church, with the St. Patrick’s Parade then starting at 1pm at the church and traveling through downtown Belle Plaine. A post-parade program includes the crowning of a new Miss Shamrock. The City of Lucan holds its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 2pm on Sunday, followed by a program and refreshments. St. Peter’s parade starts at 5:30pm on Monday at Broadway and Third Street and proceeds down Third to Mulberry Street, followed by Irish food and drinks at several St. Peter establishments. And the 49th annual New Ulm St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 5pm Monday at 3rd South and Minnesota and travels the wrong way through downtown to the Glockenspiel.
The Minnesota State Patrol is urging motorists who plan to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this weekend to plan ahead for a sober ride if they plan to drink. Officials are also encouraging people to report suspected impaired drivers to law enforcement. Department of Public Safety records show that since 2009, the number of people arrested for DWI around St. Patrick’s Day has gone up each year until last year, which saw a drop from the previous year.