St. Patrick’s Day parade in Cottleville canceled
A St. Patrick’s Day parade bit the dust after comeback plans for this year fell through. Citing supplier expenses, the Cottleville Shamrock Parade scheduled for March 12 will not go ahead, but the accompanying race will.
Cottleville Firefighters Outreach, the organization in charge of the parade, released a statement on Facebook explaining the cancellation.
“Revenue generated from the parade cannot support current costs,” the statement said. “Our efforts to find additional funding or less expensive alternatives have been unsuccessful.”
The decision was made unanimously by the board of directors and they added in their statement that they were deeply disappointed not to be able to participate in the parade. In response to comments calling for a fundraising campaign to save the parade, the non-profit organization replied that it does not fit with its mission to raise funds for a parade when its current efforts go to programs such as children’s coats, providing free smoke detectors and crisis assistance. .
The organization is currently working on refunds for floating entries and sponsorships.
Cottleville was one of three parades scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day this year. Dogtown and Downtown are still planning to hold their parades.
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