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St. Patrick’s Day Walkabout to replace downtown Brainerd parade

Downtown businesses will offer special discounts March 13-17.

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The organizers of the Brainerd’s downtown St. Patrick’s Day Celebration have shifted gears and are turning their focus to encouraging the community to get outside and stretch their legs on Saturday, March 13, in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this year.

While there will be no parade this year, organizers joined forces with the Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition and decided to promote other ways to enjoy a day out with family.

“As Minnesotans, St. Patrick’s Day is always that first day that we can all climb back out of our winter houses and collectively see one another’s smiling faces,” event organizer Steven Shepherd said in a news release. “We want to keep that tradition alive and give everyone a safe place to shop and see one another with that same festive spirit.”

Patrons are encouraged to dress up and show their Irish side during the event. The medallion hunt will take place, with clues printed in the Brainerd Dispatch in the days leading up to the celebration. The medallion must be turned in to Shep’s on 6th by 1 p.m. March 13.

Downtown Brainerd's "Pot of Gold" discount days will also take place as a part of the festivities. Shop at participating businesses March 13-17 to receive a "Pot of Gold" scratch-off ticket. Removing the gold coin will reveal the deal. Discounts of up to 50% off same-day purchases will be in the pot. For a list of participating businesses, visit the Destination Downtown Brainerd Coalition’s Facebook page.

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“We want to encourage people to get outside and see one another in as safe of a manner as possible again this year,” Shepherd said. “In the future we look forward to bringing back more traditional aspects of this day, but the most important thing is that we all take a day to celebrate and stretch our collective legs.”

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