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2021 St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Central Iowa are extremely saddened to announce they have made the difficult decision to cancel their 2021 Des Moines St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, held on March 17 of each year, has always attracted large crowds of friends and families who come together to celebrate their Irish heritage. Due to the current public health situation, the members of the organization could not in good conscience host their annual event, which could put this beloved community at greater risk and potentially advance the spread of COVID.

It has always been the Friendly Sons’ mission to support local groups in need both with their time and through fundraising efforts, with St. Patrick’s Day being the largest fundraising day of the year. Not holding the celebration and parade for the second year in a row is difficult on many levels, but especially because it further reduces their ability to give back to the community.

So this year the Friendly Sons ask for the public’s support to help continue their tradition of giving by volunteering, supporting a local group in need, or by making a donation to your local food pantry.

The members of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick are grateful for your support and understanding, and look forward to hosting their parade and celebrating again next year. In the meantime, have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may the luck of the Irish be with you in 2021!



Parade questions? Contact the Parade Chairman @ irish.chairman@gmail.com


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