clowndWith makeup and costumer, Dan Bonner becomes Dapper Dan, a clown with a brilliant red nose, a crushed beaver hat and a black makeup beard offsetting a huge kidney-bean patch of pancake white around his mouth that can be a frown or a smile with the change of a facial expression. He has entertained generations of people at the Great Allentown Fair, Agri-Hall expo shows and Allentown’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

On Sunday, he’ll participate in the Allentown’s St. Patrick’s Day parade for the 50th consecutive year, this time as Grand Marshall.

Thanks for making us laugh all these years Dapper Dan.

PS. Retirement isn’t a word Dan Bonner wants to hear, even at 85. He’s still planning on entertaining crowds at next year’s Allentown Fair, which will be his 34th Fair appearance.

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Jim Thorpe celebrates it’s 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 15, 2009. The parade is scheduled to start in the town’s picturesque downtown at 1 p.m. There will be more than 700 marchers representing 11 bagpipe bands, dance clubs and local organizations.

The parade kicks off on West Broadway and ends by the county courthouse on Lehigh Street. Marchers include the Jim Thorpe Area High School Marching Band, the Blue Eagle Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps and two schools of Irish dance.

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