THUNDER BAY – The local Finlandia Association is getting set for St. Urho’s Day, with a variety of events scheduled for Saturday.
Finlandia spokeswoman Helena Stephens told CKPR Radio that the satirical holiday will be celebrated with a variety of events that include the annual parade, variety show, and a dance at the Finlandia hall.
Stephens adds that there is also a contest for the best float in the parade.
You can still register before noon today and your float must be able to be towed along the sidewalk.
Following are some of the events planned along with the times they are expected to begin:
• 10:30 a.m.-- Breakfast to go with Finnish specialties at the Embassy Bar
• 11 a.m. -- Recognizing the contributions of the Finnish community and the unveiling of a plaque honouring the Finnish Labour Temple as a Designated National Historical Building
• 11 a.m. – Local marketplace on the third floor multipurpose room open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
• Noon – St. Urho Parade begins in front of the Finnish Labour Temple.
• 12:30 p.m. – Variety show in the auditorium begins and will run until about 3 p.m.
• 8 p.m. St. Urho’s Night Dance featuring John Scaffeo and the band Quest at the Finnish Hall. Dance runs until 1 a.m.
The legend of St. Urho originated in the northern U.S. as a tongue-in-cheek response to St. Patrick’s Day.
The story features the hero St. Urho famously chasing the grasshoppers away from Finland’s vineyards and saving the country’s grape crop.