The “World’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade” is 2:30-3 p.m. Sunday, March 17. The parade begins on 8th Avenue at the Hopkins Elks Lodge, 30 8th Ave. S., and ends at the Hopkins American Legion, 10 12th Ave. S.
Leading the parade is the American Legion Color Guard. Parade co-Grand Marshals are Fran Hesch and Ron Evans. Hopkins Mayor Gene Maxwell and Lynn Rholf, president of the Minnesota State Elks Association will also lead the parade.
The Hopkins Raspberry Festival Royalty will travel the parade route in a fire truck, and community members are invited to join the parade at any time.
At the Elks lodge, chef Jack Ripley and his crew will serve free hot dogs, chips and beverages to wearers of $1 St. Patty’s Day buttons.
Mayor Maxwell will emcee the post-parade festivities at the lodge and address the parade dignitaries.
Hopkins council member Kristi Halvorson hosts the “Best Dressed Green Boys and Girl Costumes” in three different categories.
Free food and drinks will be available at 11 a.m. at the American Legion for all who march in the parade and who show up wearing a St. Patrick’s Day button. A 12-vendor craft sale will also take place.
Corned beef and cabbage will be served for a nominal fee 11 a.m. at the legion hall, and live music will be performed in the upstairs hall later that afternoon.
Info: 952-933-1881 (Legion) or 952-933-2221 (Elks Lodge).