The annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is seeking to upgrade its effort and make the event even more enjoyable for the community.
Speaking of contributions to the community...
Organizers announced plans this week for the 12th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade through downtown Lawrence. The parade is a fun annual event that also has raised considerable money for worthy local causes.
For the first time, cash prizes will be offered for the top three floats in the parade. Organizers hope the prizes will increase participation in the parade and make it more of a "community event." Although they said they were shifting their emphasis somewhat away from fund-raising, it seems likely that if the parade grows and attracts more participants and spectators, it also will produce more money for the designated charity each year.
Although the parade is a labor of love for many of the organizers, it also takes plenty of work, and volunteers should be applauded for their efforts.