Organizers of the world’s only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza brought home armloads of awards from the Texas Association of Fairs & Events on Jan. 5-7.
The Pickled Mansfield Society, the non-profit, all-volunteer group that produces the free parade and festival, earned second place overall for events with attendance of 50,000 and under. The parade also earned first-place awards for best mascot for the Pickle Dude, best television appearance, best sponsorship program and best community program for the Pickle Queens’ outreach with the Mansfield ISD second-graders; and two third-place trophies for T-shirt and other merchandise.
The seventh annual World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza has expanded to two days this year, March 16-17, in historic downtown Mansfield. This year, the event has also added a baby parade for ages 6 to 48 months, and beer keg races, with motorized beer kegs and riders racing down Main Street.
The parade, which drew more than 30,000 people last year, will also include free live entertainment from Texas country artist Coffey Anderson on March 16, Run4Cover Band, Downtown Fever and Grammy-winning Cajun legend Wayne Toups, plus the Pickle Playground, food court, vendor market, 5k, 10k and Kids K runs, Pet Parade, community stage, pickle-eating contests, SwashChucklers pirate show, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders and the World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade.
For more information, go to pickleparade.org.