Don't get bogged down by the dreary winter weather. Set your sites on the Shawnee St. Pat's parade. Our parade will take place on March 16th at 1 p.m. along Johnson Drive from Monrovia to Nieman Road. Our theme for this year's Parade is "Explore Your Irish Dynasty!!". Even if your family tree doesn’t include an Irish branch, the entire family will have fun taking part in a variety of activities before and after the parade plus cheering on all the great Parade entries. You will want to start planning your float or marching entry early so you can score some Irish green in the form of Cash Prizes, which are available in several categories. This year’s theme, Explore Your Irish Dynasty will make it easy for you to create a prize winning float. Entry forms will be available at City Hall, and at www.irishamericanclub.org. This year’s $10 entry fee will help fund our donation to the Shawnee Police and Fire Department’s Hero’s Pull, which benefits Kansas Special Olympics. Parade line-up begins at 11:30 a.m. at Johnson Drive and Monrovia. The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. and proceeds down Johnson Drive from Monrovia east to Nieman Road. The awards ceremony is held immediately after the parade at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 11221 Johnson Drive. Winners must be present to pick up their plaques and cash prizes. Be sure to plan to spend extra time in Downtown Shawnee to enjoy a hearty breakfast at one of the restaurants along the parade route, an Irish corned beef and cabbage lunch at the Knights Hall, or some shopping at one of Shawnee’s unique Downtown merchants. Don’t forget to pick up one of our Parade Shirts along the parade route. The Hero Pull, immediately following the parade in the Splash Cove parking lot, is the perfect post parade activity! You can end the day rooting for your winning Duck in the Sister Cities Duck Race.