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39th annual Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade is Saturday

Get your green on during the 39th annual Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, hosted by the Brainerd Lakes Chamber, on Saturday, March 16, in Crosslake. The parade begins at 2 p.m. in Crosslake’s Town Square and winds its way to County Road 3 before heading north on Route 66. Longstanding Crosslake business community supporters Roger and Nancy Schweiters of Boyd Lodge will be honored as this year’s grand marshals.

Billed as the state’s biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day parade outside of St. Paul, an estimated crowd of nearly 20,000 were in attendance at 2012’s parade, lining the route through the heart of Crosslake to watch local businesses and organizations show off creative floats. This year’s Crosslake parade also will include first-time appearances by renowned musical features, including the Chmielewski Funtime Band, the Dirty Shorts Brass Band and the Biscuit Boy Band as well as returning features, such as the Minnesota Vikings Skol Drum Line and the Pequot Lakes High School marching band.

To truly get in the Irish spirit, begin your search for Crosslake’s own Pot o’ Gold starting on Thursday, March 14. Clues for the treasure hunt will be posted at 9 a.m. daily at participating Crosslake area merchants and at all Brainerd Lakes Chamber offices, as well as online at and on the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook event page. The lucky leprechaun who finds the treasure will win $100 in Chamber Bucks — a gift certificate for participating Brainerd Lakes Area businesses.

St. Patrick’s Day Raffle Party March 17

Find out if you hold a winning raffle ticket when you attend the Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day raffle drawing party at 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 17, at Manhattan’s at Manhattan Beach Lodge in Crosslake. The drawings for the more than 50 prizes will start at 5:30 p.m.

This St. Patrick’s Day event, hosted by Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Crosslake Clinic, will conclude a month-long celebration in Crosslake. The raffle drawing party will offer great food and drink specials, as well as karaoke entertainment.

Raffle tickets are being sold throughout the community as a part of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration. Every $5 raffle ticket included a free 2013 Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day blinkie button good for great discounts and deals throughout Crosslake.

For a complete list of all Crosslake St. Patrick’s Day Parade events, sponsors and for a map of the parade route, visit

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