Welcome to the Parade!
The 35th annual Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Sunday, March 12, 2017, at 1:00 PM
This Year’s Theme:
“Shawnee Irish Rock”
Grand Marshals - This Year’s Grand Marshals:
Tom Lynch, a lifelong Shawnee resident and 20-year veteran of the city’s police department, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2017 Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Lynch grew up in a home only a block from the parade route and attended St. Joseph grade school and high school, also along the parade route.
Lynch currently serves as a sergeant on the Shawnee Police Department, where he has worked since August of 1997. Tom was the community’s DARE officer for several years, and he has served in the Department’s Patrol and Investigations divisions. Prior to joining the Shawnee department, Tom spent nearly four years as on officer in the Merriam Police Department. Tom is also an Air Force veteran and earned a Master’s degree from Park University.
Being named Grand Marshal is extremely meaningful to Lynch, his wife and his two children, and the rest of his family. His parents, John and Mary Lynch, are founding members and former officers of the Irish American Club of Johnson County and were Grand Marshals of the 1992 parade.
“It never occurred to me that I’d be asked to be Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick’s Day parade, so I was really taken aback when I was first asked,” Lynch said. “It’s cool to think I can see the house I grew up in, and where my parents still live, from the parade route. I’ve gone from watching the parade as a boy, to taking my own kids when they were young, to leading the parade 25 years after my parents served as Grand Marshals. I’m really looking forward to a great day.”
According to Donna Sawyer, president of the Irish American Club of Johnson County, the organization was excited to learn that Lynch has agreed to serve as Grand Marshal of the 35th annual Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Along with honoring Lynch for his decades of public service, his selection was also seen as a way to thank local law enforcement.
“Naming Tom to lead the parade is also a tip of the cap to all members of the Shawnee Police Department,” Sawyer said. “We have counted on those men and women for traffic control, organization, and protection through the entire history of the Shawnee St. Patrick’s Day parade. Frankly, we couldn’t have a parade without them.”
Johnson Drive from Monrovia to Nieman
- Denise Shannon – 913-515-7103
- Donna Sawyer – 913-706-8392
Other Activities - This Year’s Activities:
Awards at Knights of Columbus
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.
Cash Prizes and Braggin’ Rights
Cash Prizes are available for the following categories: 1) Tim Roche Spirit Award (Best Overall) – $400; 2) Best Float – $200; 3) Best Non-Float Entry – $100.
Shawnee Police & Fire Department Heroes Pull
Immediately after the parade, be sure to catch this unique event in the Splash Cove parking lot, where teams pull a fire truck and a TAC Bear vehicle. The Heroes Pull benefits the Special Olympics Kansas Athletes.
You can end the day rooting for your winning Duck in the Sister Cities Duck Race in the parking lot of Herman Laird Park. The $5 duck tickets can be purchased at Jake’s Place, Shawnee City Hall and after the parade at the Knights of Columbus Hall.