CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Despite temperatures hovering around the freezing mark and winds making it feel even colder, hardy spectators and participants turned out for the St. Patrick’s Parade on Saturday, March 11, 2023, in downtown Cedar Rapids. This year was the second time organizers with SaPaDaPaSo — the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society — […]
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade could use a wee
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Organizers with SaPaDaPaSo — St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society — last year cited a challenge with finding volunteers during the workweek in moving the traditional parade to a day other than St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. The 2023 parade, set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 11, starting at Sixth Street […]
Photos: 2022 Freedom Festival Parade
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — For the second year in a row, rain dampened the Freedom Festival Parade, but showers let up in time for the parade to begin. More than 60 units were registered for the parade through downtown Cedar Rapids on Saturday, June 25, 2022. This was the second-year comeback for the event, which […]
Photos: First Pride Parade in Cedar Rapi...
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A parade that advocates tried for years to offer in Cedar Rapids finally came to fruition. More than 30 entries participated in the inaugural Pride Parade on Saturday, June 4, 2022, with an estimated 3,000 spectators lining Third Street in southeast Cedar Rapids through New Bohemia, after the threat of rain […]
Photos: St. Patrick’s Day parade returns
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Temperatures that stayed below freezing kept the massive crowds of the past at bay, but sunshine reigned as the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade made its return to downtown Cedar Rapids. Nearly 70 entries rolled through the traditional parade route along Second and Third Avenues SE on Saturday, March 12, 2022, […]
St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to down
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — After a two-year hiatus, a time-honored tradition is back, as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns to downtown Cedar Rapids. Known as SaPaDaPaSo, for St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society, the event is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 12, 2022, diverging from its longtime tradition of being held March 17, […]
Freedom Festival 2021: Rain on our parad...
The bane of outdoor events didn’t halt the comeback of the Freedom Festival Parade. Rain kept crowds at bay, but the parade returned to downtown Cedar Rapids after last year’s cancellation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior years were staged through New Bohemia and Czech Village as construction was underway in downtown’s Greene Square. See […]
Photos: Nontraditional twist for traditi...
CEDAR RAPIDS — One year ago, the long-running St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a beloved tradition in Cedar Rapids, was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, then in its early days. The parade, which would have marked its 45th year in 2020, attracts thousands of spectators and participants to downtown Cedar Rapids on St. Patrick’s Day, […]
Halloween activities to proceed as COVID...
Further UPDATES Oct. 31, 2020: Iowa has set additional records, with 630 patients hospitalized with COVID-19, and 81 nursing home outbreaks, up from 76 outbreaks on Oct. 30, both surpassing previous highs. The 2,834 new confirmed cases bring Iowa’s total to 127,445 positive cases as of 11 a.m. and represent another record for the state. […]
St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled in Ced
UPDATED: March 11, 2020, with information from University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics CEDAR RAPIDS — This year would have marked the 45th year of the SAPADAPASO Parade in downtown Cedar Rapids, which has been held, rain or shine, since 1976. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society posted a message on Facebook this morning, Wednesday, […]