The Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Central Iowa will again sponsor a Saint Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Des Moines on Saturday, March 16, 2013.




Due to the growing success and popularity of our St. Patrick's Day Parade, there is an increased need to ensure that our parade is as safe and orderly as possible.  To make sure that we all work together in those efforts, we will be scheduling three meetings for parade entrants to attend, and a representative from each entry must attend one of the meetings in order for that entry to be allowed to participate in the parade, and agree to abide by some established rules and guidelines for participation.  




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2013 Parade Instructions and Rules


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2013 Parade Parade Entry Form

Complete and Sign this form and bring to one of the Parade Meetings, along with your entry fee


These rules, including attendance at one of the parade entry meetings, must be adhered to in order to participate.  No exceptions. 

Thanks in advance to everyone for your cooperation and continued support. 



Parade floats can include most any kind of vehicle, but you must have an Irish theme to your float or display.  The registration fee is $100 for an entry of Irish theme, Irish Clan or Family.  Entries of a political nature will have a registration fee of $250.

The parade will stage on MLK Parkway, proceed north on 15th Street to Grand Avenue, then turn east on Grand to 8th Street, where it will veer south, pausing just long enough to allow thirsty participants to jump off and head to the reception at the Marriott.  Floats may then proceed south and east, returning to MLK.

Yes, the Friendly Sons reception will again be held at the Marriott in downtown Des Moines, with a live band (Kelly's Clan) and other entertainment throughout the afternoon, including a performance by the Foy School of Irish Dance, culminating in the presentations of the parade entry trophies, and the highly anticipated drawing of the winners of the Lucky Draw raffle, with the top prize again being a trip to the Motherland, dear old Ireland.  So do not forget to buy your tickets.  At only $10 a chance, and the money going to local charities, you'll want to improve your odds by purchasing several.  And they make great St. Patty's Day gifts!

Any questions, concerns, or comments about the 2013 parade or future events, please contact:


Parade Chairman

Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick

1620 Pleasant Street, Suite 241

Des Moines, IA 50311


Questions:  Call Ed at 515.491.5881

or email


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**St.Patrick's Day Photos**