Freemasons celebrate St. Paddy's with parade
South Third Street was awash in green clothing and Irish garb Saturday afternoon as a swarm of freemasons marched their 12th Annual Grand Forks Masons St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Bagpipe music blared as roughly 50 masonic participants took to the streets, including the local Kem Shriners, a fraternal organization of Masons who are active in North Dakota and Minnesota. The group supports Shriners Hospitals for Children for children with burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lips and more.
There were about 7 new freemasons who marched on Saturday, wearing kilts, leprechaun costumes, face paint and a whole lot of green. The public was also allowed to march north with the group from Widman's Chocolates downtown to Kelly's Tavern in a family section.
Grand Master Dale Sandstrom, who represents freemasons across North Dakota, participated in the parade.
"It's fun to celebrate Grand Forks, and the Masonic heritage," said Sandstrom, a former North Dakota Supreme Court justice who has been Grand Master since last June. "It's kind of a fun thing."