Dunn Center ready for annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Sean Flannigan dyed his mustache and eyebrows green. His buddy, Bryan O’Shea, got a tatoo of the Lucky Charms leprechaun.

The two Dickinson college students purchased the fixing for corned beef and cabbage. And they have their pot filled with what they call “golden nector.”

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday largely celebrates Irish-American culture in the United States. Count Flannigan and O’Shea among them.

“We’re going to bring in St. Paddies the way our ancestors did,” chuckled Flannigan, who sported a green T-shirt that said “Kiss Me, I’m Irish.”

A girl in the Dickinson store smiled at Flannigan’s shirt and winked.

“Hey, I’m Irish, too,” O’Shea said, as the girl walked away.

Celebrants like Flannigan and O’Shea concentrate on Irish-themed parties, drinks and food. Many get into the spirit by dressing in green clothing and eating green colored food. Irish clubs and pubs often hold parties or have special deals. Large street parades mark St Patrick’s Day all over the country.

Dunn Center will be among them, although the celebration will be on Saturday. There may not be the pageantry of a Chicago, or the size of New York City, the little town has always brought a giant smile to the celebrants.

“It’s fun to see the parade,” a freckled-faced young lad said after last year’s event. “And the fire trucks.”

In some towns, water is dyed green in public places. The most notable body of water that was dyed green was the Chicago River in 2005.

Is there going to be green water in Dunn Center? Yep. Kool-Aid, said Mary Smith, whose nieces usually make the trek to Dunn Center from Watford City for the festivities.

The celebration is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. with the parade, which will start at the Normanna Lutheran Church and travel west on Main Street and meander through town. The parade is open to anybody who wants to participate and bring smiles to the on-lookers.

“Kids are always good for a parade,” said Shaun Lambert, an officer with the West Dunn Fire Protection District who is helping organize the event.

The parade is not the only jewel for the Dunn Center celebration. The Dunn County Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with refreshments being served from 1-4 p.m.

And beginning in the early morning hours, Lambert and other firefighters will be cooking up a storm of the Irish delicacy corned beef and cabbage for a feast beginning at 5 p.m. They will cook the corned beef and cabbage at the fire hall and then serve it at DC Pub & Grub. There is no charge for the meal, but free-will donations will be accepted, Lambert said.

And after the supper, “Thunder Road” will fill the night with popular tunes to dance at the pub.

“Looks like Dunn Center is going to be my center of the universe on Saturday,” O’Shea said.

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