Crosslake goes green again for annual parade and festivities

Town is packed when St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration returns after two years of being canceled

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Those walking with the Wes Hanson Builders float hand out candy Saturday, March 19, 2022, during the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade.
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CROSSLAKE — It was all "Shamrocks and Shenanigans" on Saturday, March 19, when people and pets dressed in all kinds of green crowded Crosslake for the 48th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration.

After a two-year hiatus, the parade returned to Crosslake. The parade was canceled just one day ahead of the 2020 event as COVID-19 became a threat, and then was canceled in 2021 because of COVID-19 restrictions.

The 48th annual event took place March 19, 2022

Last year, the Crosslake Chamber of Commerce encouraged the town to "go green," asking businesses and residents to decorate their buildings for the holiday.

This year, Ryan, Carla, Cody, Grady and Brody Bienlek, from Bowlus, found the Lost Pot O’ Gold in Crosslake with just two clues. It was found on the Crosslake Administrative Police Department property.

The Clover Dash 5K attracted racers Saturday morning before the festivities kicked off and the parade wound its way through packed streets.


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A clown entertains spectators Saturday, March 19, 2022, as the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade winds through Crosslake Town Square.
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“Wow, what a parade!” Crosslake Chamber Director Cindy Myogeto said in a news release. “We always say that thousands of people will come to the Crosslake parade no matter the weather, but when it's GOOD weather, double that number of people will come. And that proved true on Saturday for the 48th event, which may quite possibly have been the most attended parade to date!”

Following are parade float winners:

  • First place: Quality Fabricating and Radtke Service
  • Second place: First National Bank
  • Third place: Moonlite Bay
  • Nonprofit: Crosslake Ideal Lions Club

Watch the entire parade via this link , thanks to R&J Broadcasting, with technical help from Crosslake Communications and scaffolding from Wes Hanson Builders.

Mark your calendars for March 18, 2023, for the 49th annual event.

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This is part of the Boyd Lodge float that participated in the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
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Pequot Tool and Manufacturing was just one of many businesses that had a float in the St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 19, 2022.
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Thousands of people enjoy dressing in green for the Crosslake St. Patrick's Day Celebration, including these three Saturday, March 19, 2022.
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