Kinderland Nursery School’s annual Leprechaun Parade took its hearty exit Thursday with 19 eager participants by scooter, tricycles, wagon or on their own two feet around the block, and their families cheered them on with every lap. The long-standing tradition will be the school’s final St. Patrick’s Day event as owners Rosetta and Malah McFadden prepare to retire this June. They were pleased with the turnout with families encouraging their children to dress up in green, bringing balloons, using décor on their scooter and wearing clover-shaped beads to embrace their Irish luck. Malah McFadden noted the 2020 parade had been canceled after the COVID-19 pandemic had just been announced, so the school was excited to hold its final parade this year. For some families, the tradition is generational, with some parents continuing to keep their children enrolled at Kinderland because they loved the school they were brought up in themselves. Brandon Mackie said his daughter, Aubrey, turned 4 Wednesday on St. Patrick’s Day. She took a slight tumble as the parade concluded after an otherwise successful trip around the block along Curry, Sophia, Nevada and William streets. She has remained in the school because he enjoyed it so much himself but will go on to the Carson City School District when she graduates from Kinderland. His son also attended Kinderland and is now a first-grader at Seeliger Elementary School. “We love it,” Mackie said. “It’s been going on for years, and it’s going to be sad when it’s gone. I was born and raised here, 33 years. … It’s been a good legacy. They have so much to do for the kids. It’s one place where they truly care about kids.” Malah and Rosetta McFadden said it’ll be “bittersweet” when they are finally done. “It’s really happening,” Rosetta McFadden said. “Yeah, (our family’s) told her, ‘You need to slow down,’ ” Malah McFadden said. The school is planning its final graduation for its children before closing along with an end-of-school picnic at Bowers Mansion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 26.
Kinderland Nursery School owner Malah McFadden leads a group of her students around the block during Thursday’s Leprechaun Parade, an annual tradition for the school. (Photo: Jessica Garcia/Nevada Appeal)