Madison celebrates Wearin’ o’ the Green

February 20, 2017 by  

Madison will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in its accustomed style. Along with the traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the city will host a Shamrock Shuffle, an Irish flag raising ceremony, Irish contests, and St. Pat’s Eve.

The day will start with the annual Shamrock Shuffle, which will have three divisions – 5K run, 5K walk, and 10K. The course will meander through the campus of University of Wisconsin, along Lake Mendota bike trails and offer beautiful views of our Capitol building. Money from this event will go to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County.

Before the contests and parade, the Dance County Shamrock Club will present its annual tradition of raising the flag of Ireland.

This year’s contest categories will be Best Lad’s, Lass’s, Adult Male, and Female Costumes, Best Dressed Dog, and Youngest and Oldest Participant. Other categories will be Reddest Hair, Most Freckles male and female, and Largest Clan. Winners will receive prizes donated by local businesses and get to walk in the parade carrying signs indicating their winning category.

Ballots are still being counted to decide who will be the Grand Marshall and this year’s Irish Family. Photos of the winners would make good additions to the city’s visitor guide brochures.

The event will be March 12 around Capitol Square here in Madison. The Shuffle kicks off at 10:00 am, the flag raising will be at noon, and the parade will step off at 1:30 pm.