Archive for Monday, March 14, 2011

Lacey Henry crowned queen for 2011 Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 14, 2011


Lacey Henry, right, and Erin Taylor, both from Lawrence, share a laugh following the coronation of the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Sunday, March 13, 2011 at The Flamingo Club in North Lawrence. Henry was crowned queen of the 2011 parade.

Lacey Henry, right, and Erin Taylor, both from Lawrence, share a laugh following the coronation of the 2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Queen Sunday, March 13, 2011 at The Flamingo Club in North Lawrence. Henry was crowned queen of the 2011 parade.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday at South Park. It will travel up Massachusetts Street and cross the bridge into North Lawrence. Massachusetts Street will be closed from 11th to 14th streets beginning at noon to accommodate the parade. T routes will also be affected by the parade. See the reroutes at

Lacey Henry has never worked as hard in her life as she has in the last few months.

That’s because she’s been raising money for the charities benefiting from this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and she’s pretty good at it. Deb Drummet, co-chairwoman of the parade committee, said Henry sold $600 worth of T-shirts in 20 minutes at an event.

And now Henry is being recognized for the help she’s given the charities. She was crowned queen of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade Sunday night at the Flamingo Club, 501 N. Ninth St.

Henry, 22, was one of three candidates for this year’s crown, which recognizes the women who help raise thousands of dollars for the charities that benefit from the parade. This year’s charities all help children: Cooper’s Cause Foundation, Imagine Drop-In Childcare and Junior Achievement. Toys for Tots, which also helps children, was the charity that started Henry fundraising in the first place.

“I’m kind of becoming a charity junkie,” she said. “It’s just so rewarding.”

The crowning is one of many events leading up to Thursday’s parade, which starts at South Park at 1 p.m.

Organizers of the parade are focusing on safety this year. Mik Shanks, logistics co-chairman of the parade, said he wants Lawrence residents to be aware of the parade’s route and to make sure children stay off the road.

“We’ve seen that happen with other parades in other cities,” Shanks said. “We’re trying to get ahead of the curve.”

Drummet said the other queen candidates, Erin Taylor, 34, and Katie Keeler, 29, had also been incredibly helpful to the parade’s cause.

“All three have done the work of about 30 people,” she said.

Also recognized Sunday evening were the parade’s grand marshal, former Lawrence Police Chief Ron Olin, and the senior king and queen, Fairley and Donna McCain.


lkr2 7 years, 3 months ago

I guess they took the safety a little to serious as they started the parade before most of the kids are out of school. My 5 yr old in K doesn't get out until 3:00 and the parade starts at 1:00.

On the positive note -- Great job Ms. Henry and all the other organizers and fundrasiers.

ksarmychick 7 years, 3 months ago

I'm glad the parade is when most of the bigger kids will be in school. Last year we got to the parade early, picked out a prime spot for my two year old to watch, and then when the parade started the older (10+ year olds) kids stood right in front of her the entire time. Their parent's and the cops kept telling them to move out of the street and back behind the barriers, but they choose not to listen to either of them.

BigPrune 7 years, 3 months ago

I didn't realize this beauty pageant was held at The Flamingo Club. Is there a talent portion to the program?

cowboy 7 years, 3 months ago

Take your kids out of school for the day , it's a fun family day ! The Flamingo has provided support for the Parade for decades and graciously given dollars and facilities for the participants.

Kash_Encarri 7 years, 3 months ago

Yeah, let's show them how much we value an education and take them out of school for a flippin' parade. Then we can blame the teachers and the school system for not providing them with a quality education.

The kids are out of school for 10 straight days beginning the next day. They don't need another half day off just to attend a parade for a quasi-holiday that isn't even celebrated in the country of Ireland.

Raider 7 years, 3 months ago

Prune... apparently you have the reading comprehension skills of a 5th grader. Did you not see where these ladies have been working for months at various charity events? Yet you somehow got that it was a "beuty pageant"? It's anything but. Try understanding what you read before you post.

d_prowess 7 years, 3 months ago

The acceptance of the Dirty Bird to host such events always amazes me. With a the complaining people do in this town, I wonder why more people don't complain about parades and such ending at a strip club.

bad_dog 7 years, 3 months ago

If the KS legislature has its way, it may not be an offensive (to some) venue for much longer...

bluedawg79 7 years, 3 months ago

Everyone is getting off subject. This is about acknowledging the fundraising accomplishments in our community. Congratulations, Lacey! Those you help serve are proud of you too, I'm sure!

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