The city of Sherman will be hosting its first-ever St. Patrick’s Day parade this weekend in downtown. The event is set to start at 11 a.m. and, as of Wednesday, 30 groups had signed up to take part in the event.

“We are excited,” Sherman Main Street Director Sara McRae-Smith said. “It is something that I wanted to put together for a while now and we just got the right parties involved so it just happened to work out this year. Sherry Little is on the Main Street Board and helps out with the Celtic Festival. I mentioned it, and she has strong Irish roots, and I think it was something we kind of thought sounded like a good idea.”

Other organizers for the event include Old Iron Post in Sherman and the Texoma Society of Celts, who is putting on its third annual Sherman Celtic Festival and Highland Games on March 22-23 in Sherman.

“Since this is the weekend before the big Celtic Festival, it is kind of a unique way for them to advertise the upcoming festival,” McRae-Smith said. “We just want to get a lot of local excitement and involvement before the festival.”

McRae-Smith also said that although there are about 30 entries and each of those could have multiple people or vehicles, she is proud of the number of registrants for this year.

“We have eight trophies to give out, and the categories are pretty silly categories,” she said. “They are basically just trophies awarded for people participating in various ways.”

The awards ceremony will be held immediately after the parade at Old Iron Post in Sherman.

“I believe they will have live music that night,” McRae-Smith said. “There will be things going on other places. So for people that are just going to be in town for the weekend, there are several places where people can go and celebrate all weekend long.”

While the St. Patrick’s Day parade is intended to be fun, McRae-Smith said that the it is important for the city of Sherman to recognize all of the cultures that make up the area.

“St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that kind of accepts all people who just like to join in on the fun and the celebration in welcoming in anyone of any nationality,” she said. “It is just an extra opportunity to get festive and to have some fun doing it.”

Upcoming events hosted by the Main Street include the “Imagine the Possibilities” tour as well as the monthly haunted history tours.

“‘Imagine the Possibilities’ is a walking tour featuring downtown spaces that are up for rent or purchase,” McRae said. “We had a really great turnout last year and we are hoping for really great weather so we have a great turnout this year. It is about five spaces.”

The haunted history tours are held the third Friday of every month.