Join us for the World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade & Palooza®
March 16, 2024
Pickle CapitAl of Texas

A Really Big Dill

The Pickle Posse® is made up of the infamous Pickle Queens®, their right-hand men the Pickle Protectors®, the 501(c)4 board of directors of the Pickled Mansfield Society®, our 6-foot dancing mascot the Pickle Dude® and hundreds of local volunteers who make the World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade & Palooza® happen every spring. Want to join the fun? Find out how to volunteer by emailing picklequeentx@gmail.com.

The Pickle Protectors® are the Pickle Queens'® right-hand men, doing everything from selling merchandise to helping the Queens get on the float. At the Pickle Parade®, you'll see them - they're the men in black!

In 1924, Mildred Dalton began selling pastries and pies in Mansfield, Texas, soon moving on to mayonnaise, sandwich spread and pickle relish. In 2012, the World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade & Palooza® is born in Mansfield, drawing thousands to celebrate the briny goodness. In honor of the city's proud pickle history, the Texas State Legislature voted Mansfield as the Pickle Capital of Texas in 2013 and voted to renew the honor for another 10 years in 2023.

The Pickle Dude® first appeared at the 2013 World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade & Palooza®. Since then, this 6-foot-tall dancing gherkin and his signature yellow Converse high-top tennis shoes have danced, zip-lined and posed for thousands of photographs to promote his favorite festival and his hometown of Mansfield, the Pickle Capital of Texas®.

There will be no cornhole or other events on Friday night this year.


About the Mansfield Pickle Queens
The Pickle Queens® are hand-picked, well-seasoned women who love their families, their friends and their community. They have presented the Pickle Parade® annually since 2012 and have participated in events around the state, including the State Fair of Texas parade, the Fort Worth Parade of Lights, the Westfest and Ennis Polkafest parades, and the Rose Parade in Tyler, among others.

About the Pickled Mansfield Society
The all-volunteer nonprofit group organizes and stages the World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade and Palooza®.  The organization provides college scholarships through the Mansfield ISD Scholarship Program. The group also donates to and volunteers with the Feed the Kids program. The Pickle Queens® and Pickle Posse® help raise funds every year by ringing bells for the Salvation Army, have helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity and donated to the Lucky Fund at the Mansfield Animal Shelter.

For more information or to arrange coverage, please contact media coordinator Bob Kowalski, (817) 988-0104 or txbobk@gmail.com.




 








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The World’s Only St. Paddy’s Pickle Parade & Palooza’s® Community Stage will be open Saturday, March 16, 2024. Performances by choirs, dancers, theater groups, bands or other groups should be no more than 20 minutes.

All performances must be in good taste and appropriate for all ages. Performers must bring their own music on a CD/thumb drive and submit to stage crew prior to performance.

A chaperone must remain with youth groups at all times. All performances are free, but must be approved in advance by stage organizers.

Location and time will be available soon, as will applications.

What happens when you turn 40 and realize you're old enough to know better, but still young enough to get away with it? You gather your girlfriends and have a parade! Pickle Queens® are the last to leave the party and the first to arrive. We have an opinion, know how to stand alone, but understand the power of an entourage. We appreciate men, love our kids, believe in our community and have to the confidence to laugh at ourselves at the end of the day.

The Pickle Posse® helps build houses for Habitat for Humanity, pack bags for Feed the Kids for Summer, donates to the animal shelter, funds two scholarships for graduating Mansfield ISD seniors and rings bells for the Salvation Army. In the past 10 years, the Pickle Posse® has also donated more than $35,000 to charities in Mansfield.

The World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade® showcases live music and entertainment for all tastes. Musical acts have ranged from Grammy winners to local bands, and there's fun beyond the Main Stage. On Saturday, March 16, the Community Stage will feature local amateur and professional performers, while Run 4 Cover takes over the Main Stage to start the day, more live music comes on after the Pickle Parade.

Sponsored by Methodist Mansfield

Ready. Set. Run!

Join us for a morning of fun and exercise World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Run in Mansfield, Texas, March 16, 2024.  You'll find fun and a race for the entire family! Choose from 5k and 1-mile runs. Runners have to register by Sunday, March 10, in order to be assured of a run t-shirt.

This is the perfect event for the whole family. An easy, short run that will help everyone get in the spirit and promote fun, physical activity for anyone who wants to participate.

Route will be available soon.

There will be no beer keg races or other events on Friday night this year.

The 13th World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade® will bring fun March 16, 2024, in the official Pickle Capital of Texas. With free admission, free parking, free shuttle service, free children's activities and free entertainment, as well as a Vendor Market, Food Court and Pickle Contests, we're rolling out a good time for the community.

There will be no Pet Parade or other events on Friday night this year.

Pickles! And barbecue, corn dogs, turkey legs and, oh yeah, more pickles! Whatever you're craving, we're bound to have it in our food court.

All spaces for 2024 have been filled.

Shop til you drop with the creative vendors in the downtown market. Check out the wide range of local, handcrafted goodies, or apply to sell your own.

The food and vendor market for 2024 are full.

The Baby Parade rolls out on Saturday, March 16, 2024. So bring your cameras to capture all the cuteness, and cheer for your favorites -- or all of the participants!

Participants will be 6 - 48 months old.  Entries will be judged in three categories:
- Most Creative
- Most Pickled
- Best Theme


1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be awarded, as will the Best Baby Overall.

Location and time, along with applications, will be available soon.

Our amazing sponsors are how we can keep almost everything in the World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade & Palooza® free! Want to join the party? Send us an email to picklequeentx@gmail.com and we will help you join the Pickle Posse®!

Pet Parade

Full of lovable pooches and many other four-legged friends, the Pet Parade shouldn't be missed. Any animals who want to participate need to fill out an application.
Applications have closed for the 2020 parade. Thank you for your interest!!

Keg races

The keg races are a sight to behold. You have to be bold to drag up and down Main Street in a former beer keg, but some are up to the challenge. If that's you, apply now.
Steps to apply:
- Read the rules!
- Download and fill out the application
- Email the application to picklequeentx@gmail.com
- Wait for further instructions

Keg race rulesApplication
Community stage

We're looking for some shooting stars - musicians, dancers, entertainers. If you have a talent, we need it.
Applications have closed for the 2020 parade. Thank you for your interest!!

Volunteers
Application