MINNEAPOLIS ST. PATRICK'S DAY ASSOCIATION
The 52nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 has been cancelled.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been asked alongside other cities across the nation to cancel our parade to prevent further spreading of the virus.
We thank you for your support this year in raising money for Camp Needlepoint.
We wish you well in celebrating St. Patrick's Day with friends and family!
If you do celebrate, feel free to tag us in your photos!
Learn more about our history, what we support, and how you can participate.
The Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Association, or MSPDA, was founded in 1969 by Sean and Judith Clerkin. With their active participation in the community and desire to celebrate Minnesota's Irish-American heritage, the Clerkins decided to begin a tradition of supporting the diabetic community by donating to the American Diabetes Association, raising money through St. Patrick's Day parade events and contests.
Besides donating 100% of proceedings to the American Diabetes Association, MSPDA raises money for Camp Needlepoint, a summer camp for children living with diabetes. Members of the MSPDA community, from Ms. Blarney to friends of the association, sell buttons and paper shamrocks to raise funds for the children at camp.
Promotion of MSPDA is done through various parade events and contests. These include:
The first St. Patrick's Day Association buttonwas created in 1970 to promote Irish heritage and raisemoney for The American Diabetes Association.
For $5.00, you can buy our yearly button and bead design
to help raise money for Camp Needlepoint.
See our collection of button designs from 2009-2020 below!
These are some of the first St. Patrick's Day Association button designs!
See our collection of vintage buttons below!
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