St. Patrick’s Day Parade Positively Impacts Downtown Sioux Falls Businesses


Another St. Patrick’s Day parade is in the books and besides turning downtown Sioux Falls into a sea of green, it also makes an impact on businesses in the downtown area as well.

The St. Patrick’s Day parade brought kids, lots of green, and plenty of customers for downtown Sioux Falls area businesses. 

“We love having people down here and a lot of people who maybe don’t get to come down as much. The parade really opens it up to those people, plus people coming in from out of town to support,” owner of Myers Deli & More Casey Myers said.

Myers Deli & More just opened up a few weeks ago and owner Dan Myers says business has been good so far. 

“We’ve got a lot of new faces in here, lot of new people learning about the business. So it’s been great,” Dan Myers said. 

The St. Patrick’s Day parade is a pretty big deal for the Murphy family. 

“This is where we want to salute our store and all the people that gather around here because it’s always been our tradition to be in the parade for 39 years,” Owner of Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gifts Dick Murphy said. 

This year is especially important to Murphy because his brother Patrick is the parade marshal and the whole family was busy walking in the parade.

But that doesn’t mean the decades long downtown staple couldn’t stay open. 

“It’s just chalk-a-block? Here. We have to have about 6 Mrs. Murphy’s here working, taking care of all our good customers,” Murphy said. 

Customers who see Mrs. Murphy’s Irish Gifts as a go-to place, especially on St. Patrick’s Day. 

“My grandma brought me to the store. We love Mrs. Murphy’s we’re just looking around and maybe going to add some more green to our outfits here,” customer Hannah Otten said. 

Both businesses say they were most likely going to be busy throughout St. Patrick’s Day. 

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