MARCH 10 – 15

Wisconsin Gazette - - Opinion -

Gear up in green for the

which steps off at noon March 10 from Old World Third Street and Wis­con­sin Av­enue. The pro­ces­sion fea­tures more than 140 units and in­cludes lo­cal politi­cians and celebri­ties, floats, bag­pipes and march­ing bands and Ir­ish and Celtic or­ga­ni­za­tions. The pa­rade con­cludes at Wa­ter Street and High­land Av­enue. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.saint­patrickspa­rade.org.

Break out your fa­vorite cos­play out­fit for the

March 11. The Mil­wau­kee event was packed, so make sure to get to this one early. The event will host dozens of ven­dors, artists, cre­ators, games, comics, toys and all things pop cul­ture. Madi­son Comic Con will fea­ture a Kids Mas­quer­ade Pa­rade, where those 11 years or younger can show off their cos­tumes in a non­com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment. A teenage cos­tume con­test and adult cos­tume con­test will fol­low. Ad­mis­sion for chil­dren is free. All other tick­ets are $5 and can be pur­chased at mighty­con­shows.com. Madi­son Comic Con will be held at the Monona Ter­race Com­mu­nity and Con­ven­tion Cen­ter lo­cated at 1 John Nolen Drive, Madi­son.

is warm­ing up the city once again as it re­turns March 11 for its 16th year. More than 50 Mil­wau­kee restau­rants, cafes and cater­ers will com­pete for the ti­tle of the city’s best chili. Awards are given in five cat­e­gories: best meat, best veg­e­tar­ian, most unique chili, best heat and best ven­dor dis­play/pre­sen­ta­tion. En­gine com­pa­nies will com­pete for Best Fire House chili, and chili pep­pers will race in the style of the Miller Park sausage races. The com­pe­ti­tion also fea­tures a per­for­mance by the Mil­wau­kee surf-rock out­fit The EXOTICS. Ad­vance tick­ets are $12 and in­clude four chili sam­ples — ad­di­tional chili sam­ple tick­ets can be pur­chased for $1. Bring two or more non­per­ish­able food items for do­na­tion to the Hunger Task Force and re­ceive two ad­di­tional sam­ple tick­ets. The com­pe­ti­tion takes place at the MSOE Kern Cen­ter, 1245 N. Broad­way, Mil­wau­kee. Tick­ets can be pur­chased at brown­pa­pertick­ets.com.

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