TODAY: Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns after 2 years of cancellations; your complete guide | Culture & Leisure

Dust off your clovers and put on your greenest finery.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will make its big comeback after two years of COVID-related cancellations. Event organizer and founder John O’Donnell is feeling great.

“We were so close to doing it two years ago, and at the last minute the world stopped,” he said. “We are ready to go.”

This is the complete opposite of how he felt when he canceled the festivities: “Miserable. Punch. I did not know what to do.

Expect the Wait: Weather permitting, around 15,000-20,000 people will line the downtown sidewalks along Tejon Street and gaze at nearly 100 floats. The parade begins at Tejon and St. Vrain streets and heads south to Vermijo Avenue. It’s free and starts at noon. Grand Stand tickets are available for $50 per couple, with additional $10 family tickets for ages 14 and under. You can search for parking in city parking garages, parking lots and residential areas.

The stream of floats consists of the usual suspects: service clubs, church groups, schools, youth organizations, marching bands, pipers, military re-enactment groups, firefighters and their old fire truck.

“It’s a pretty broad swath of the community,” O’Donnell said. “If you want to see what Colorado Springs looks like, go to this parade.”

Noreen Landis-Tyson, President and CEO of CPCD…Giving Kids a Head Start, is this year’s big marshal.

“After 30 years with CPCD, she has made a great contribution to the community, especially for young children in early childhood education,” O’Donnell said. “We wanted to acknowledge that.”

O’Donnell, an Irishman from New York, started the parade 38 years ago after a friend requested it.

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“It’s towards the end of winter and we usually have good weather,” O’Donnell said. “It’s the start of spring. Everyone was locked up.

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