Annual St. Urho's Day Celebration
March 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2023 Schedule of Events here.
St. Urho is a fictional Finnish saint who is said to have chased away the grasshoppers to save the grape crop. St. Urho's Day is traditionally March 16th, and there are widespread celebrations across northern Minnesota, and indeed, many places with populations of Finnish descent.
Finland, Minnesota has long celebrated St. Urho's Day (March 18th, 2023 will mark the 48th annual celebration), but in 2007 the committee who had been putting on the event for years decided to retire. For a brief time it seemed that maybe Finland, Minnesota would no longer have the saint's celebration. However, Friends of the Finland Community decided to step in and continue the tradition. In Finland, MN, St. Urho's Day is usually celebrated the Saturday closest to March 16th. There is a beauty pageant, a parade, music, facepainting, food, snow sculptures, and other community festivities.
An informative site about the history of St Urho.
St Urho's Celebration in Finland, MN Facebook page.
[…] St. Urho Days is Friday through Sunday and includes lots of music and Finnish food, a beauty contest, a tug of war across the Baptism River on Saturday, and an absolutely astounding parade at noon. Click here to see schedule of events. […]
When I win the lottery and the covid is gone, I want to come see this party…
Greetings from Suomi
I grew up in northern Minnesota, but now live in Idaho. A friend here had never heard of St Urho’s Day (unbelievable!) and said the Irish also have a holiday celebration in March. I’ve never heard of such a thing!!