In Mansfield, St. Paddy's means pickles!

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At this time of year, they're all about pickles in Mansfield. The 2023 Pickle Parade and Palooza is this weekend.

"It's a big community event," says Bob Kowalski from the esteemed Picked Mansfield Society Board. "It's free parking and free admission. We want to get people into historic Downtown Mansfield!"

Mansfield bills itself as the Pickle Capital of Texas, and boasts the "world's only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade."

It's a weekend you won't forget, with all kinds of entertainment, food, and unique competitions like a Corn Hole Tournament, Beer Keg Races, Pickle Juice drinking, Pickle eating and Pie eating contests.

"You'll get a chance to take a picture with the six foot tall dancing pickle dude, or one of our Pickle Queens," Kowalski adds.

Schedule of events -

Friday, March 17:

5-9 p.m. Vendors open
5 p.m. Cornhole tournament
6 p.m. Beer Keg races on Main Street
7-9 p.m. LanceBattalion on Main Stage

Saturday, March 18:

8 a.m. 10k run begins at Rose Park
8:15 a.m. 5k run begins at Rose Park
9 a.m. Kids K begins at Rose Park
9 a.m. Run4Cover Band performs on Main Stage
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Beer tent opens
10 a.m. Pickle Playground opens
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Vendors open
10 a.m. Baby Parade on Main Street
11 a.m. Pet Parade on Main Street
Noon Pickle Parade begins at St. Jude
1:30-3 p.m. Texas Flood at Main Stage
3:30 p.m. Pickle Juice drinking, Pickle eating and Pie eating contests at Main Stage
4 p.m. Pickle Queens and Consorts perform at Main Stage
4:30-6:30 p.m. Penny & the Flamethrowers at Main Stage

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