The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of
Central Iowa are extremely saddened to announce they have made the difficult
decision to cancel their 2021 Des Moines St. Patrick’s Day Parade and
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration, held on March 17 of each year, has
always attracted large crowds of friends and families who come together to
celebrate their Irish heritage. Due to the current public health situation, the
members of the organization could not in good conscience host their annual
event, which could put this beloved community at greater risk and potentially
advance the spread of COVID.
It has always been the Friendly Sons’ mission to support local groups in need
both with their time and through fundraising efforts, with St. Patrick’s Day
being the largest fundraising day of the year. Not holding the celebration and
parade for the second year in a row is difficult on many levels, but especially
because it further reduces their ability to give back to the community.
So this year the Friendly Sons ask for the public’s support to help continue
their tradition of giving by volunteering, supporting a local group in need, or
by making a donation to your local food pantry.
The members of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick are grateful for your support
and understanding, and look forward to hosting their parade and celebrating
again next year. In the meantime, have a happy St. Patrick’s Day, and may the
luck of the Irish be with you in 2021!