Irish Fest and the St Patrick’s Day Parade will be postponed until further notice

With the news of the increasing spread of COVID-19, we wanted to inform you that we are taking this situation very seriously. The safety and well-being of our community and volunteers are the first priority of this organization. We continue to work in compliance with the Tulare County of Health and Human Services Agency. We are making decisions based on the best evidence available and the expertise and advice of our public health officials.

Irish Fest and the St Patrick’s Day Parade will be postponed until further notice. The Visalia Breakfast Lions Club is working diligently to coordinate another date that is safe for all to attend, and we will update as we have more information.

We will provide updates and further details on events and operations as we have more information to share

Thank you or your understanding during this difficult time.

Thanks to everyone who entered or helped make the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade such a terrific success.

SPECIAL THANKS goes to all of our wonderful sponsors. Without them, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade could not be as successful as we have been able to provide the last few years. The parade was able to donate $500 each to the first 5 marching school bands. Our sponsors’ participation further helps our parade take care of the expenses necessary for traffic control, police presence, advertising, and many of the other ancillary costs to promote an enjoyable St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

With this in mind, our special thanks goes out to Bueno Beverage, Budweiser – the King of Beers, The Vintage Press, The Depot Restaurant, Jack & Charlies, Le Boulevard, Kaweah Delta Health Care District, Citizens Business Bank, A & W Restaurants, Provident-Salierno Family Foundation and Momentum Broadcasting and their announcers and street crews. Also, a gracious thank you must go out to the Leyendekker Ranch for donating one their beautiful carriages to carry in style our Grand Marshal, Marybeth Porter – Seay.

As you all know a great deal of time, effort, and attention to the special details go into making our parade a success. Having good hearted and kind participants makes it that much easier. Our list of volunteers and crew never asked why something needed to be done, they just jumped right in and “did it”. All your extra support made this parade so much easier and enjoyable for not only for those who watched the parade but for those of us who helped to make it happen.

Because of our combined efforts, we received numerous compliments from our city Council members as well as our downtown merchants. Our parade crowd seemed to pick up on the enthusiasm and thoroughly enjoyed this largest parade ever.
Again, to ALL who helped make this the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade a success, thank you for participating, in this great Visalia community event.

We look forward to seeing and working with all of you again on Saturday March 14th, 2020.
The Visalia Breakfast Lions Club

Past Grand Marshal’s

1986 – Jim Taylor
1987 – Emily Dailey
1988 – Cal Bennet
1990 – Monsignor Daugherty
1994 – Ralph Moore
1995 – Tommy Elliott
1996 – Bruce McDermott
1997 – Ray Bishop
1998 Judge Patrick O’Hara
1999 – Greeley Togni
2000 – Tony and Mary Salierno
2001 – Dr. John Castiglia
2002 – Dr. DavidHeaney
2003 – Phil Hornburg
2004 – Eric Shannon
2005 – GA Gindick
2006 – Fred Ruiz
2007- Steve Salomon
2008 – Del & Tim Johnson
2009 – Will and Letty Crenshaw
2010 – Bob Cary
2011 – Marjorie Brandon
2012 – Marilyn Barr
2013 – Connie Conway
2014 – Francie Levy
2015 – Mrs. Jeanne Hoey
2016 – Marilynn Mitchell
2017 – Paul Hurley
2018 – Nina Clancy
2019 – Marybeth Porter-Seay

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