St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
|St. Patrick’s Association
Emmetsburg, IA 50536
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With the anticipation of spring
in the air, but still in the grip of winter, the residents of Emmetsburg,
Iowa, strive to break the monotony of the long, cold season by reliving
the customs of their Irish ancestors. Each year they commemorate
the feat of Ireland’s patron, St.
Patrick, and recall the life of one of their heroes, Robert Emmet, with
a three-day St. Patrick’s celebration, the likes of which are unequaled
in all the land!
Come Celebrate with us!
The weekend in March closest to St. Patrick’s
feast day, March 17th, Emmetsburg holds its annual celebration.
Activities include pretty girls of all ages vying for
Irish titles, little Irish dancers, the appearance of area queens, local,
state, and national politicians, and, to reign over all, a special guest
from Ireland, who is a member of the Irish Parliament.
three-day celebration begins on Friday with the arrival of our guest
member of Parliament from Ireland. Friday afternoon there is a tea for
our honored guests. The popular Ceili/Fun Night provides entertainment
with musical or vocal selections, dance, story telling, and more with
Irish flair! It is open to the public.
Saturday features a full day of activities including the
“O’Round the Lock” marathon run, a Rugby Tournament,
a talent program, a dance program, Irish Stew Dinner, teas, the famous
St. Patrick’s Day Parade held in fair or foul weather, followed
by an evening banquet and dance. Often there is a theater production
at the Emmetsburg Main Street Community Theater.
Sunday is highlighted by an Irish Mass at Assumption Church
with the guest dignitary and an evening banquet completes the weekend.
you are lucky enough to catch a leprechaun, he will lead you to a pot
of gold, according to Irish folklore. Such luck has befallen St. Patrick’s
Headquarters, when each January, thousands of golden coins will suddenly appear there. The phenomenon first occurred in 1966.
Folklore aside, in this case the coins are bronze and
designed to commemorate one of Ireland’s patriots and help in the
promotion of the annual celebration. Use as legal tender for a number
of years should have ended its usefulness, but numismatists throughout
the world continued to show interest in collecting the medals.
Each year the coin features the likeness of patriot, Robert
Emmet, in various poses. The designer, C.L. Nicholson has selected Emmetsburg’s
statue of Emmet for his mode.
with the arrival of the Irish in the new world came their gift of eloquent
speech; Blarney, a quality known mostly to the Irish.
With such an abundance found in Emmetsburg, the city fathers thought it
only fitting to preserve such a valuable commodity. A group of scientists
and chemists were engaged to accomplish this. The Blarney Cannery went
into operation in the spring of 1962 and has continued production up to
the present time. In order to neutralize the potency of the blarney, another
product, Repellent, is now being processed at the plant.
Parliamentarians from Sister City - Dublin, Ireland
Since 1962 when Emmetsburg and Dublin, Ireland, were officially
declared “Sister Cities,” it has been a privilege and honor
for the St. Patrick’s Association to host a member of the
Irish Parliament to reign over the three-day celebration. Through
this association, many lasting friendships have been formed.
While visiting here, the Parliamentarians from Ireland
are given the opportunity to watch Iowa’s governing bodies at work
and are invited to address both sessions of the Iowa State Legislature.
Although some have left political life and returned to successful businesses
at home, these Parliamentarians keep actively in touch with affairs of
the government, both at home and abroad.