BY KELLY KRUSE
The Downtown Racine St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Downtown Racine Corporation, returns on Saturday, March 16. It may be the 13th year of the parade, but don’t let that number fool you, there will be plenty of luck flooding the streets of Downtown Racine during this day of Irish celebration.
At noon, the festivities will get off to a running start as downtown will be host to a 5K, so make sure you get downtown early to stake out your viewing area. The parade itself will officially begin on the corner of State Street and Main Street. The route will proceed south on Main Street, turn west onto Sixth Street and end near City Hall.
In partnership with 5kevents.org, the parade will be host to the 6th annual St. Pat’s Day 5K®, formerly held at Jose’s Blue Sombrero in Mount Pleasant. If a 5K is too much for you, the race organizers are also featuring a “Paddy’s 0.08ish K.” The race will begin at Pepi’s Pub & Grill (618 6th St.) and follow the parade route backwards. Look for the top male and female finishers as they will join the parade procession upon their completion of the 5K.
Artists, sponsors sought for public art project
This year’s public art project will be benches with art featuring Racine’s past, present and future.
The DRC is partnering with the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin for the first time in the public art project’s 18-year existence in Downtown Racine. They will be building the benches and a portion of the proceeds will go directly back to Veterans Outreach.
The DRC is currently seeking artists to create unique, kid-and family-friendly designs that will ultimately become bench art based on this year’s “Past, Present, and Future” theme. If you are interested in becoming one of the artists, or know someone who may be interested, please complete the application at racinedowntown.com
A community art project like this could not be pulled off without the support from our local businesses and organizations. The public art provides an excellent opportunity to showcase our thriving art community, shops, galleries, museums, restaurants and beautiful lakefront by attracting thousands of visitors to the area throughout the summer months. We are confident that this year’s art piece will continue the tradition. If you are interested in sponsoring one of the public art benches, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kelly Kruse is the executive director at Downtown Racine Corporation.