What goes great with a green shirt and green beer on St. Patrick’s Day? If you’re in Mansfield, the answer is simple—pickles.
This city on the southern edge of the DFW Metroplex, birthplace of the Best Maid brand of pickles, thought their local product was a natural when it came to the wearin’ o’ the green. Thus, the World’s Only Best Maid St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza was born last year.
“We hope to make it an annual tradition in Mansfield,” says Isabel Lamb, the brand manager for Best Maid. “Last year we had about 7,000 people, and this year we hope to have about 10,000 to 13,000.”
Lamb said the idea for this event took root when Amanda Rogers, the editor of the Mansfield News-Mirror, approached Best Maid to write a historical piece. Rogers presented the idea of tying the pickle purveyor into a family-oriented event, and the company became the main sponsor.
This weekend’s festival on March 16 starts with a parade at 2 p.m. It also includes some unique touches, like pickle-eating and pickle juice-drinking contests, “Wheelie-ing Elvi” (the plural of Elvis, I think) and the Pickle Queens–a group of women in red wigs and green gowns who appear in the parade and represent the event at special occasions year-round. (There may even be a giant papier-mache pickle this year, at the suggestion of some amusing commentary about last year’s event.) The street party begins afterward.
Other St. Patrick’s Day events across the state include:
Dublin: St Patrick’s Day Festival
Shamrock: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Wichita Falls: St. Patrick’s Day Downtown Festival
Surfside Beach: St. Patrick’s Day Parade