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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Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Coronation Ball
Mar. 13, 2009
8:00 pm. Coronation Ball at Fearless Fire Co., 1221 S. Front St. Allentown

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Pub Crawl
Mar. 21, 2009
Pub crawl starting at 6:30 pm. at eight West End pubs. At 5 pm. a best-legs-in-kilt contest for both men and women starts at Jack Callaghan’s Ale House at 2027 Tilghman St. Allentown

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Mass
Mar. 22, 2009
9:15 am. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 501 Ridge Ave., Allentown

Inaugural West End St. Patrick’s Day 5k Race
Mar. 22, 2009
The St Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest in the region, starts at 1:30pm at 19th and Liberty and will run along closed city streets. Runners will be cheered and encouraged by the thousands of people who come out to enjoy one of Allentown’s longest-standing traditions. Registration is $25 plus a small processing fee. Awards will be given out to the top three male and female finishers. Proceeds from the race benefit the West End Alliance.

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Breakfast
Mar. 22, 2009
9 – 11 am. at Knights of Columbus home, 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown. Advance tickets required; call 610-443-0429

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar. 22, 2009
Parade starts at 1:30 pm. near 19th and Liberty Streets.

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