The St. Paddy’s Day Pickle Parade
The Pickle Parade pays tribute to the traditions of St. Patrick’s Day but it also pays tribute to the contributions of the Dalton family and their Best Maid “pickle factory” to the history and economy of Mansfield. Best Maid Products, which was founded in Mansfield in 1926 and now ships over 50 million pickles a year.
“I think it’s setting a tone for Mansfield as a fun-loving place,” said Ann Smith, one of the 17 Pickle Queens who organized the event. “It’s weird enough,” Smith added, “but not Austin’s weird.” The Pickle Queens wear queenly green dresses, with large white sashes, tiaras and red wigs.