Seeing green: Auburn prepares for St. Patrick’s Day

Entries welcome for 2012 parade
By: Krissi Khokhobashvili, Journal Features Editor
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An Auburn tradition since 1976, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at 5:17 p.m. Saturday, March 17, rain or shine.

The quirky time is in keeping with the theme of the parade and its founder, attorney Bob Young. He said the parade started to kick off his ’76 campaign for judge, and has remained an informal, fun event organized by friends ever since.

“We don’t register, we don’t pass out numbers, you just be there and you have fun, and when you get to Old Town we have corned beef and cabbage and green beer,” Young said.

Any sort of entry that would like to be part of the parade is welcome. This includes vehicles, animals and foot entries. Young himself will drive his 1957 green Lincoln Continental, which he said he hasn’t started since last St. Patrick’s Day, but, “I’ve got it on the battery charger.”

The parade starts at the Chamber of Commerce, 601 Lincoln Way, Auburn, and ends in Old Town, where the California Club will offer its yearly party, with free corned beef and cabbage and live music, for people 21 and over.

Auburn resident Jim Howell said his role in the parade is “try and keep things in order, and everybody in good spirits.” His entries vary, from riding a motorcycle, riding in a car or walking. He said he participates in the parade because it’s a fun way to celebrate his Irish heritage.

“It’s St. Patrick’s Day, and everybody is doing their best to be proud to be Irish,” Howell explained.

For information about the parade, call Young at (530) 888-8600 or (530) 305-5400.


Other St. Patrick’s Day activities include:

Auburn Council 6149, Knights of Columbus, annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

What: Corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings, raffle prizes and gift baskets, dancing music provided by DJ.

When: Happy hour at 6 p.m., dinner served at 7 p.m.; music until 11 p.m.

Where: St. Teresa Parish Hall, 11600 Atwood Road, Auburn.

Cost: $15; proceeds support Knights of Columbus community charities.’

Info and tickets: Mike or Marcia Kitchell, (530) 663-2270; or Linda or Scott Holthaus, (530) 885-8283.


St. Patrick’s Day at World Pub

What: Free green eggs and ham, dart tournament, “Leprechaun” movie marathon. 21 and over.

When: 6 a.m. Saturday, March 17, to 2 a.m. Sunday, March 18

Where: World Pub, 3021 Grass Valley Highway, Auburn

Info: (530) 392-3603


California Club St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

What: Free corned beef and cabbage, live music by Private Criminals, green beer and Jell-o shots for sale, 21 and over.

When: Food served from 5 p.m. until it runs out

Where: California Club, 1580 Lincoln Way, Auburn

Info: (530) 885-6453


VFW & Ladies Auxiliary No. 2003

What: “Catch the Green” of St. Patrick’s Day corned beef and cabbage dinner

When: 6-6:30 p.m. no-host happy hour, benefits local youth scholarships; 6:30 p.m. dinner

Where: Colfax Veterans Memorial Hall

Cost: $13 adults, $6 children under 12, children under 5 free

Info: Seating limited to first 110 people. Call (530) 745-3510 or (530) 637-4242.


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