Betsy McCarty, this year's Miss Shamrock, will be busy on Saturday.  Betsy will participate in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Sioux Falls.

The day's events are officially kicked off at 11:45 a.m. with the traditional Painting of the Shamrock at 9th Street and Phillips Avenue.  The parade forms at 5th Street and Main Avenue at 12:30 p.m. and the parade begins at 2 p.m.

There is no entry fee to participate in the parade.  The only requirement is that each participant in the parade 16 and older must purchase and wear an official St. Patrick's Day Parade button costing $3.  The proceeds help cover parade costs and a portion is donated to Special Olympics.  Buttons are available at the Chamber of Commerce office at 200 N. Phillips Ave., at various businesses and at the start of the parade.