Pair of Coon Rapids lassies celebrate St. Patrick’s Day as Wee Leprechauns

Three-year-old Jenna Berg already knew the luck of the Irish days before Lucky the Leprechaun teased her Coon Rapids home with secret shamrock salutations on St. Patrick’s Day. March 9 Jenna was named Minneapolis Wee Leprechaun.

Ready to promenade down Nicollet Mall for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Wee Leprechaun Jenna Berg poses with KSTP meteorologist Ken Barlow who served as celebrity grand marshal for the event. Photo courtesy of Michele Berg

Ready to promenade down Nicollet Mall for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, Wee Leprechaun Jenna Berg poses with KSTP meteorologist Ken Barlow who served as celebrity grand marshal for the event. Photo courtesy of Michele Berg

Jenna and her friend Taylor Dehn and four dozen other Wee Leprechaun contestants came to the contest dressed in their finest St. Patrick’s Day attire, played some silly games and giggled and waved to their mommies and daddies.

Judges gauged the children’s charming personalities and critiqued their clothing, carefully compiling each child’s score for the contest.

Wearing a green dress and shamrock-sprinkled vest, and sporting green-striped arm warmers and glittering green shoes, little Jenna pleased the panel of the Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Association judges and was named Minneapolis Wee Leprechaun 2013.

Winners were also announced in each of three age divisions (0-3, 4-6 and 7-9) and four-year-old Taylor won first place in her age division.

As a newly-anointed Wee Leprechaun, Jenna was given a trophy, a sash and a Nintendo Wii as grand prize award. Not only that, she got to be part of the Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 16.

“It was such a fun day. She’d never been in a parade but she’s seen her sister in parades and she always wanted to do it, so she was very excited,” said Jenna’s mom, Michele.

Taylor Dehn and Jenna Berg – two leprechaun lassies from Coon Rapids – pose in St. Patrick’s Day regalia after Jenna was named Minneapolis 2013 Wee Leprechaun.  Photo by Sue Austreng

Taylor Dehn and Jenna Berg – two leprechaun lassies from Coon Rapids – pose in St. Patrick’s Day regalia after Jenna was named Minneapolis 2013 Wee Leprechaun. Photo by Sue Austreng

Jenna’s sister, seven-year-old Natalie, just completed her year-long reign as a member of the 2012 Coon Rapids Snowflake Days Junior Royalty and had participated in many parades throughout the year.

Prior to that, Natalie won her age division in the Wee Leprechaun contest when she was a five-year-old.

“She’d see Natalie in the parades and say, ‘I want to do that.’ So now she has,” Michele said.

During her year as Minneapolis Wee Leprechaun, Jenna will get to do that many times as she is set to appear in a half-dozen parades during her reign.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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