Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, or so the saying goes -- even the woman of South Korean lineage who was crowned queen of the Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Kirin Kelly, 20, Lansing, was crowned parade queen Sunday night at the Flamingo Club, 501 W. Ninth. Kelly, one of four queen candidates, was chosen by the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee based on her level of support for the annual parade and related charitable events.
Born in Korea and adopted by Kansas parents as an infant, she said she entered the queen contest as a way to meet people and get involved in the community.
Kelly is a sophomore at Kansas University majoring in music therapy.
"I want to work with kids someday, ... and I thought this would be a good way to get to know people."
About 60 people attended the coronation party, which included dinner and music by a brass band.
Parade chairwoman Debi Drummet said that, as of Sunday, about 80 floats had been entered in the 11th annual parade, which will begin at 1 p.m. Wednesday at South Park.
This is the first year organizers will offer cash prizes for float entries. Prize amounts will be $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second and $500 for third.
People have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to submit entries.
This year, organizers are donating proceeds from the parade and related events to Brookcreek Learning Center, which is hoping to provide playground equipment at Cordley School.
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