Kennedi Dunkin, Abby Hash and Sophie Seiler wave during Pickle’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 2009. After a one-year hiatus in 2011, the Sunset Ridge neighborhood tradition returns in 2012. The parade starts at 11 a.m. on March 17 in Sunset Ridge neighborhood in Gardner. File photo

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An annual St. Patrick’s Day tradition will return to Gardner after a one-year hiatus in 2011.
After a 14-year run, the Pickle’s neighborhood St. Patrick’s Day Parade took a season off last year, but they’re gearing up to hoof it around the block for the annual parade this year.
David “Pickle” Shreve thinks the annual tradition started in 1997 when he moved to the Sunset Ridge neighborhood.
“We just line up in front of our house and then the fire truck goes around the block and we follow it,” Shreve said. “It started a long time ago. I don’t even know why.”
The annual parade, which typically features friends, family and neighbors on decorated bicycles, walking dogs and pulling wagon-sized floats, attracts a variety of onlookers each year as well as the occasional politician.
This year’s parade will be led by a Johnson County Fire District fire truck and Pickle believes at least one classic car will join the parade.
But, the parade requires no sign-up and no registration. Friends, neighbors and anyone who wants to join in the fun is simply invited to meet at Pickle’s house at 720 N. Walnut St. in Gardner and line-up for the parade between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day.
The impromptu nature of the event means Pickle isn’t sure how many entrants will join the parade.
“We’re looking for maybe 50,” he said. “Hopefully more.”
Anyone is welcome to attend the short, block long parade. It will start at approximately 11 a.m. on March 17 at 720 N. Walnut St. in Gardner.