By Starrla Cray
WAVERLY, MN Irish or not, Waverly businesses have a wee bit o’ St. Patrick’s Day fun planned for Saturday, March 17.
“We’d love to have people participate in any part of our day,” Kathy (Kate) Breault said. “It’ll be silliness and laughs; a chance to not take yourself so seriously for a day.”
Family activities will take place throughout the morning and early afternoon, while evening events are for adults only.
Breakfast will be served at the Waverly Café starting at 7 a.m. and at Uptown Bar & Grill starting at 8 a.m.
What’s Next Art Studio will have face painting, sandy candy (edible art), hair feathers, hair tinsel, and temporary tattoos from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A parade will take place on Main Street at 1 p.m., with lineup at Waverly Elementary at 12:30 p.m.
“If you want to be in the parade, just be in the parade,” Breault said. “We don’t have an entry fee or anything.”
Breault and a few friends prepared for the parade by making St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts with Irish nicknames on the back. One even plans to wear an Irish crown with blinking lights, and ride as the “queen” of the float.
“Everybody dresses up crazy,” Breault said.
The parade grand marshal is Waverly resident Jim Franske.
An informal social hour will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. During this time, people can register teams for games at Waverly Municipal Liquor, Uptown Bar & Grill, or RedLodge Grille. Breault’s team name is “The Shamrockers.”
Bar games and a scavenger hunt will start at 3 p.m.
At 7 p.m., teams will regroup at the municipal liquor store for prizes for the bar games, scavenger hunt, best Irish outfit, and best Irish hat.
A prize will also be given for the best Irish jig. To participate in the contest, sign up at the municipal liquor store.
Bad Dog Entertainment will DJ at the municipal liquor store starting at 6 p.m.; Sweet Siren will play at the RedLodge at 9 p.m.; and Corey Roufs will DJ at Uptown Bar & Grill at 9:45 p.m.
In the past, many Waverly residents traveled to Maple Lake for St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Event organizers hope to provide a way for some of that revenue to stay local this year.
“We love Maple Lake, and we’re definitely not trying to take anything away from them,” Breault said. “We just have such a huge Irish community in Waverly, and thought, ‘why not get the businesses involved?’”
Breault said she hopes this St. Patrick’s Day event will bring the community of Waverly and the surrounding area together.
“You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate,” she said. “All it takes is a little bit of fun and whimsy.”
For more information, contact Waverly Café, What’s Next Art Studio, RedLodge Grille, Uptown Bar & Grille, or the municipal liquor store.