Irish Fair of Minnesota is a 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization with a governing board that is dedicated to the Irish community in Minnesota and celebrating each August, for the past 38 years,or Irish Fair of Minnesota.
The festival is recognized as the largest FREE Irish Fair in the country and one of the most family-friendly events in the Twin Cities, one of the most authentic Irish festivals nationwide and an amazingly great time by the 100,000 people who attended last year's festival.
The Irish Fair of Minnesota is dedicated to supporting the Irish community in Minnesota. All proceeds from the festival are reinvested Minnesota's Irish cultural community or shared with new immigrants groups through the Legacy Fund. The festival and organization is Volunteer driven and supported by people throughout the state.
Certified Women’s Business Enterprise
Extended Exposure owner, Jamie Flynn, is dedicated to making her community a better place. She is a driving force in the March Out Hunger Campaign. Extended Exposure is a St. Paul based WBENC certified, Cert Certified, SBA, wholesale distributor of promotional, marketing, and retail gift merchandise. Our product portfolio contains custom apparel, glassware, signs, banners, frames & photo albums, writing journals, office items, and tradeshow merchandise. We work across the board from simple give-away mementos to retail to high end corporate gifts. Extended Exposure is dedicated to providing simple, effective solutions. We have a strong team comprised of experienced industry experts that can help you personalize for your needs.
1086 W. 7th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Irish Fair of Minnesota
Finnegan's will be providing their Reverse Food Truck for the St. Patrick's Day Parade to collect donations.
Finnegan's Reverse Food Truck
IN-Minnesota is a business, social, and cultural network for friends of Ireland. Irrespective of whether you are Irish, Irish-American or non-Irish in Minnesota, discover and enjoy a Celtic spirit in the land of 10,000 lakes. IN-MN joins a growing national network in the United States of 20 plus chapters from New York to San Diego under the Irish Network USA umbrella. IN-MN connects its membership all over the United States and in Ireland. IN-Minnesota fosters the creativity, industry, and success of Ireland’s diaspora sharing information about social, business and cultural events, and much more. The network is for anyone who wishes to participate more actively in the Irish community, to connect professionally, or just to expand their social scene in Minnesota.
IN-MN Irish Network Minnesota
Minnesota Food Share
Fighting hunger through local community action
Minnesota FoodShare, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches (GMCC), engages thousands of Minnesotans each year via the Minnesota FoodShare March Campaign, food insecurity education and awareness efforts, and state and federal advocacy efforts supporting programs that address poverty and food insecurity.
1100 East Lake Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Abdo, Eick, & Meyers
Abdo, Eick & Meyers first opened its doors in 1963 in Mankato, MN. Founder Joe Abdo was able to establish the firm thanks to a $15,000 loan from his hardworking, Lebanese-immigrant mother.
Today, Abdo, Eick & Meyers is ranked as a “Top 25 Accounting Firm” by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Under Managing Partner Steve McDonald's leadership, our professionals deliver creative, one-of-a-kind solutions to help individuals, businesses, and organizations solve their challenges.
We work hard for those who matter most—clients, employees, family, and community—and celebrate their successes as our own. We look forward to ‘Going Beyond the Numbers’ to help you celebrate yours.
5201 Eden Avenue, Ste 250
P 952.835.9090 / F 952.835.3261
100 Warren Street, Ste 600
P 507.625.2727 / F 507.388.9139
How the St. Patrick's Association Started
This spirited tribute to St. Paul’s Irish community began in 1967 at Gallivan’s restaurant and bar. "It was a bitter cold day during the Winter Carnival," says Bob Gallivan. Some of his pals stopped by to get out of the cold and have a drink. "Let’s have a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade," Gallivan remembers saying, "before we get too old."
Word spread and the planning began. Judge Edward Devitt who had marched every year –"It’s a sin to miss it"—was part of that first committee. "This is a natural center for a St. Patrick’s Day parade, because there are so many Irish."
All of the parades have been a rousing success. Even that first one, whipped into shape in just two months, drew crowds six deep on the side walks. The marchers, lead by Mayor Thomas Byrne, carrying a shillelagh, left the Hilton hotel (now the Radisson) at noon and proceeded down Kellogg Blvd. to the St. Paul Hotel. The last unit crossed the finish line at 12:40.
Tucked in among the family units and the dignitaries were the Brian Boru Irish pipe band, the St. Patrick honor guard, even the Vulcans, who wrapped their fire truck in green crepe paper for the occasion.
But the focus of the parade has always been on the family groups. According to Stewart Loper, Treasurer of the Saint Patrick’s Association which sponsors the parade activities, the sentiment is that we want the families and kids to participate." Loper calls it "a baby buggy parade. And we work hard to keep it that way."
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