Dysart’s wee St. Paddy’s Day parade returns for second year

Dysart Mayor Tim Glenn dressed in a kilt, sporting a fake orange beard and carrying a golf iron, waves to the crowd at the head of last year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade held on March 17. PHOTO BY SOREN M. PETERSON

After inaugurating a new town tradition last year in the form of ‘Iowa’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade,’ the popular event is returning this year better and as small as ever on Friday, March 17.

“We are super excited to announce the 2nd Annual Dysart Iowa’s Shortest St. Patrick’s Day parade will be happening at noon on St. Patrick’s Day,” Dysart Mayor Tim Glenn told the Telegraph.

Like last year, the parade will kick off at the intersection by City Hall and travel just one block south down Main Street before ending.

“[We’ll] be starting at O’Wilson [Wilson] and McMain [Main] streets and ending at the tip of the Dysart Gorge,” Mayor Glenn lightheartedly specified.

New this year will be a bagpiper, Glenn added, but no word yet if the mayor – who last year donned a kilt and orange beard as he led the wee parade – will be fulfilling a lifelong dream and performing himself.

The public is encouraged to participate in the parade by either walking or driving a decorated golf cart.

Kilt and orange beard entirely optional.