Last year’s Irish Rose and Irishman step up for delayed roles in March 13 parade

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Tracy and Patrick Mullaney of La Crosse, pictured when they were announced as Irish Rose and Irish Man last year, will get their chance after a yearlong COVID postponement. (WKBT News Now photo)

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) — If the names Patrick and Tracy Mullaney sound familiar as being the Irishman and Irish Rose for the IrishFest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, it’s because they are.
The La Crosse couple, whose reign over the parade and other festivities last year was stymied when COVID-19 forced a last-minute cancellation of the parade last year, will celebrate their luck of the Irish as royalty for this year’s parade through downtown La Crosse at noon March 13.
St Paddys ParadeThe specter of COVID-19 continues to hover over the parade, but organizers have taken steps to follow La Crosse County Health Department guidelines.
Parade participants will maintain physical distancing and won’t be handing out goodies to spectators. They will wear masks — probably skewed toward emerald hues for the wearing of the green.
Members of the Hunger Task Force, who usually collect money and nonperishable items during the parade, will forego that tradition. The task force asks that people go to its website and pledge donations.
The lineup of organizations, businesses, local festivals and bands will be in the Freighthouse parking lot, from which participants will proceed south on Second Street, east on Main Street to Ninth Street.
Members of the Shamrock Club will not be able to tour schools and assisted living homes on March 17, as they usually do, but they have scheduled a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. on March 15 at the Onalaska Public Library.