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March 12, 1998

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Organizers are making final preparations for the 11th annual Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade, set to begin at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

``We always focus on having a fun, old-fashioned parade for Lawrence and Douglas County,'' said Debra Drummet, chair of this year's parade.

Organizers are expecting about 90 entries for this year's parade, including floats, color guards, bag pipe players, emergency vehicles and Kansas University's Big Jay mascot, she said.

``It's pretty consistent with what we've had in previous years,'' Drummet said.

The registration deadline for the parade is 5 p.m. Friday. People interested should call 749-6677.

The parade route will be the same as last year.

Participants will begin at South Park, travel north on Massachusetts Street, cross the Kansas River Bridge and head east on Locust Street. The route ends at the Flamingo Club, 501 N. Ninth.

Drummet said only a winter storm similar to the one that hit the area Sunday would cause organizers to cancel the event.

``Any other weather and we're still going to have it,'' she said.

Two parade-related events will be held this weekend: A 5-kilometer run and the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade Queen Coronation.

The ``Shamrock Shuffle'' run will be held on the Kansas River levee behind Johnny's Tavern, 401 N. Second. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with late registration at 8 a.m.

Following the run, a traditional Irish breakfast and awards ceremony will be held.

The parade queen coronation and banquet will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Flamingo Club. One of six women will be chosen as this year's queen.

Proceeds from the parade and related events this year will be donated to the Crown Casting Club, which promotes fishing among youths.

-- Mike Dekker's phone message is 832-7187. His e-mail address is dekker@ljworld.com.

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