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Longtime Lawrence police leader, and Lawrence native, to lead this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Dan Affalter will be the grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year through downtown Lawrence. Affalter led the city’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1988, but not as grand marshal; instead, he was a police motorcycle escort. He was with the Lawrence Police Department for 33 years.

Dan Affalter will be the grand marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade this year through downtown Lawrence. Affalter led the city’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1988, but not as grand marshal; instead, he was a police motorcycle escort. He was with the Lawrence Police Department for 33 years.

March 12, 2010

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Saturday

• Luck-of-the-Irish Poker Run

This motorcycle run starts at the Slow Ride Roadhouse, 1350 N. Third St. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. with a $10 suggested donation. At noon the run will leave and head to the other locations, which include stops in Eudora, De Soto, Bonner Springs and Tonganoxie. At each stop, riders will pick a card from the deck. When the run ends back in Lawrence at Jet Lag Lounge, 610 Fla., the rider with the best hand will win.

Sunday

• Queen selection

The Parade Committee will choose a queen out of its five candidates: Shana Kelly, Katlin Affalter, Amber Lee, Lauren Mansfield and Nakai Marr. The queen candidates have been helping with fundraising throughout the duration of the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The queen and other candidates will all participate in Wednesday’s parade.

Wednesday

• St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The parade starts at 1 p.m. in South Park and travels up Massachusetts Street, over the river and through north Lawrence. The parade will change from its normal route because of construction north of the river, turning on Elm Street and eventually onto Locust Street. Watch the parade live on Sunflower Broadband channel 6. The parade will be replayed on that channel later on Wednesday at 8 pm., Friday at 10:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 20 at 11 a.m.

Dan Affalter remembers the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lawrence in 1988. He led the parade, but not as a participant. He was a police motorcycle escort for the parade and remembers the snow he had to ride through to get the parade going.

This year, he’ll lead the parade, too. This time, he’s the grand marshal, an honor he was surprised to receive.

“I was flabbergasted when they said I was going to do that,” he said.

Affalter, a long-time Lawrence resident, will lead this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which starts at 1 p.m. Wednesday at South Park. He’ll be joining the likes of Alan Mulally, Ford Motor Co. CEO, and Don Fambrough, former Kansas University football coach, who have also been grand marshals of the parade.

Affalter has been in Lawrence since he was in third grade and graduated from Lawrence High School. He joined the police force before even going to the police academy because the department was low on manpower. Six months later, he went to the police academy in Hutchinson. He stayed with the Lawrence Police Department for 33 years, working in the investigation division and did stints in the narcotics division, as a detective and later as an administrator.

Now Affalter is retired and is involved in many local organizations. He’s on the board of directors for Shelter Inc., an organization that helps children who need a place to stay. He also is active in the local Fraternal Order of Police, which gives scholarships to students, sponsors sports teams and also has a lodge where hunter education courses are taught. He said the privilege of leading the 2010 parade as grand marshal was unexpected but appreciated.

“It’s an honor to be thought of in that regard,” he said.

Affalter will be joined in the parade with Luther and Evelyn Kelly, this year’s Senior King and Queen, the queen, who will be selected Sunday, and her court.

Comments

imisspattersonliquor 4 years, 1 month ago

I can't think of a finer man to be honored in this way. I wish I could be there to see you Dan. All the best to you.

Shelley

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cheeseburger 4 years, 1 month ago

Dan's the man! Congrats and best wishes!

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onceajhawkalwaysajhawk 4 years, 1 month ago

Danny, Enjoy the day ! You certainly deserve it! Wish I could be there to celebrate it with you bud! Jeff T.

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H_Lecter 4 years, 1 month ago

Dan, Let everyone's first toast that day be a salute to you. Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig H_L

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somebodynew 4 years, 1 month ago

Congrats Dan - can't think of a better person for this honor. Hope all is going well for you. Wish I could be there to see it. (X-19 if you are reading this.)

@George_Braziller - i know what you are talking about with the first ones. I definately enjoyed those (could be the beer tho) and they seemed just a littly more "Lawrencian", if you know what I mean.

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75x55 4 years, 1 month ago

Hope things are all going well for Capt. Dan....

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greenworld 4 years, 1 month ago

George_Braziller- Drink more and you will learn to appreciate the longer version of it.

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lawthing 4 years, 1 month ago

Congrats Dan, You are very deserving, you have been a great asset to our community, serving our children and our community.

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George_Braziller 4 years, 1 month ago

Wow has the St. Pat's parade really been going on for 22 years? I still think the best ones were the first few years when it went down 7th Street and ended at Jetlag Lounge. It was small, funky, spontaneous and fun.

Sorry. Not a fan of the big, tacky, regimented, and boring version it has become.

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LoneHawk1 4 years, 1 month ago

CONGRATULATIONS DAN! The St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee has selected a great community leader. In addition to the organizations mentioned above, Dan has selflessly impacted the lives of so many area youth through his involvement with Hunter's Safety and Boy Scout Troop 55. He is a tremendous role model for kids and adults. I am glad that my sons have had the privilege of being involved with Dan and am honored to have him as a friend.

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BorderRat 4 years, 1 month ago

Careful Danny, the green beer does strange things to ones body. Wish I was back home to hoist one with you.

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