The Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade will march down Massachusetts Street this year before making its traditional trek through North Lawrence.
Organizers of the fund-raiser announced this morning that the parade, which will be at 12:30 p.m. March 17, will originate at South Park.
Previously, the 8-year-old parade started at the Jet Lag Lounge, 610 Fla., and wound through neighborhoods before heading across the river. The parade still will end at the Flamingo Club, 501 N. Ninth.
Debra L. Drummet, executive co-chair of the event, said this year's beneficiary of the parade will be Hannah's House Foundation, which operates a home for unwed teen mothers and mothers-to-be in Douglas County. Organizers of the event hope to raise $8,000 for the home's Love of a Child Project.
Susan Schneweis, executive director of Hannah's House, said the project is a resource for new mothers who face the frustrations that come with handling their new responsibilities alone. The funds would be used to pay the professional salary associated with the project.
``We haven't been able to keep our social worker on staff as much as we'd like,'' Schneweis said.
Funds will be raised from a variety of events, which include a parade queen contest on March 12 and a 5-K Run on March 11. Applications for those events and for parade float entries will be available from local businesses in about a week.
Times for those events and several others will be announced in coming weeks, Drummet said. Other pre-parade festivities will include a comedy night Feb. 18; a sports item and celebrity auction March 4; a queen's dance March 5; and an alternative music contest March 8.