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WORLD'S SMALLEST ST. PATRICK'S DAY
SATURDAY, MARCH 12th | 12:00 PM
Join us in beautiful Downtown Enterprise to celebrate the World's Smallest St. Patrick's Day Parade. Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day! In Enterprise, Alabama we have been specializing in shenanigans since 1993, by hosting the only single-person parade.
Each year the Chamber opens up applications to nominate your favorite hometown Irishman (or Irishwoman) to be honored as the Grand Marshal of the World's Smallest St. Patrick's Day Parade!
The Grand Marshal delights spectators with a festive march down the Irish Isle while waving the over-sized Irish flag and dancing in merriment. Okay - it's not the Irish Isle, it's E College Street, but it's every bit as magical! Costumes and Irish garb are not only allowed, but strongly encouraged.
This year's Grand Marshal is Mrs. Dawn Johnson. Dawn's Ancestry goes back to the 1779 with Edward and Catherine Reily in Co Cavan, Ireland. The family name changed in 1811 from Drum Caulpin, Cavan, in Cavan, Ireland to Lawrence O'Reilly, which lead her to her grandfather Hubert Patrick O'Reilly and Nellie Simmons O'Reilly, from Canada to California.
Dawn loves her community, where she is very active in volunteering. She was awarded the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Month award for December 2021.
She recently received the Sue Neuwine Humanitarian Award 2021, from the Women Who Care, Inc. organization. She is an Administrator for the Coffee County Community Emergency Response Team (CC-CERT). She is involved in the CERT training to our community citizens and participates during our disaster preparedness exercises. She is a member of the Enterprise Lions Club and the International Civitan's Club. Dawn is the Trustee of the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 6683 and Past President. She has also been involved in past Citywide Cleanup event sponsored by the Oscar Club. She is on the committee for the Annual Enterprise Christmas Parade and has been very active with the parade for the past 15 years. Queen Mother of the Boll Weevil Red Hat's. Member of Church with U here in Enterprise. Dawn has volunteer time and acted with our local Southern Broadway Dinner Theater.
Being the Grand Marshal has been on Dawn's bucket list for several years. Now that she is 75, it's time to watch her dancing the Irish gig down College Street around the Boll Weevil Monument and back to the Court House. Like the Irish Claddagh ring, Dawn represents love, loyalty, and friendship to everyone she has met or will meet. She loves her family and friends. She is devoted to her eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren and the city she loves so very much.
HALF PINT 0.5K
SATURDAY, MARCH 12th
In 2018 we decided 15 minutes of fun just wasn't enough. So we added the Half Pint 0.5K (that decimal is not a typo)! Immediately following the World's Smallest St. Patrick's Day Parade, our illustrious Grand Marshal makes their way to the Start Line and waves the flag a few times more to signal the beginning of the most satisfying "race" of the year.
The Half Pint 0.5K is a herculean test of athletic agility, strength, endurance... Okay - that's not true. It's more like a brisk walk around the block considering it is only a 546 yards - BUT it does comes with cool swag and ends in a post-race party to celebrate your commitment to fitness (even if it that means "fitness this donut in my mouth")! More importantly, you can finally brag to all of your friends about winning a race.
The deadline to be guaranteed a t-shirt and entire swag package is February 25.
Swag is limited and will be provided on a first come, first served basis to those signed up by the deadline.
***All participants are expected to have fun and comply with current CDC Guidelines. Event subject to cancellation due to weather, State Health Order Amendments, and any other reason out of the Chamber's control. If event is cancelled, all paid registrants will still be entitled to receive their swag bag; in this event you will be contacted with instructions.
Runners who sign up by February 25th will receive a swag bag of goodies including a super festive t-shirt to remember the event, one of those pretentious car decals, an actual swag-bag, and more! As if that wasn't sweet enough, you also get free admittance to attend Half Pint Reception on S Conner Street at CrossFit FXT! Hydration in the form of fermentation will be provided for those 21 & over, with valid ID. We will have juice boxes and water for everyone else.