St. Patrick's Day Parades
This two day outdoor festival includes authentic music and dance, an Irish Tea Cottage, over 150 arts & craft and vendor booth displays, two stages of entertainment, carnival rides, food and drink and fun for the whole family. The weekend's celebration also features a Firefighter Pancake Breakfast, Lions Club Parade, Dublin Sister City Green & White Gala and the Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk. Where else but Dublin would you want to celebrate everything Irish?
Every year a magnificent procession of marching bands, floats and hundreds of citizens dressed in green thrills spectators in the downtown area of the city. One of the lesser-known and more extraordinary aspects to Chicago's celebration of Ireland's patron saint is a wonderful tradition of splashing green dye into the Chicago River at 10:45 a.m.
Denver is home to one of the largest St. Patrick's Day Parades in the nation with 10,000 marchers, over 240 entries, and nearly 250,000 spectators. Hundreds of volunteers work diligently year-round to bring this parade to the streets of Denver—and have been for over 50 years!
Since its start in 1978, the Parade has grown in leaps and bounds! It is planned by a small group of volunteers who regard their efforts to be a labor of love and believe that each year The Parade promises to be better than ever! According to the Chamber of Commerce and City Events Department, The Parade is the most asked about event in Naples each year.
South Boston, Massachusetts
The South Boston St. Patrick's Parade is listed as the second largest parade in the country, being viewed by nearly 600,000 to one million people every year, in addition to having the entire parade seen on live TV.
St. Louis, Missouri
Regularly noted as one of the top in the country, the Parade will be comprised of over 120 units, including marching bands, floats, huge cartoon-character balloons, 5000+ marchers, and lots of clowns. Over 250,000 spectators, the largest of any event in Downtown St. Louis, are expected to attend, packing the streets with smiling Irish eyes and festive green attire.
Morristown, New Jersey
Parade day begins with Mass at 10:00am at the Church of the Assumption, off Maple Avenue in Morristown. Enjoy 20 bands along with 50,000 other attendees. See the largest family-oriented St. Patrick's Day Parade in all of New Jersey.
New York, New York
The St. Patrick's Day Parade on Fifth Avenue is a New York City tradition. The Parade marched for the first time on March 17, 1762—fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence. The parade is held to honor the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York and celebrates Irish Faith and heritage. The St. Patrick's Day Parade remains true to its roots as a true marchers' Parade by not allowing floats, automobiles and other commercial aspects in the Parade.
The first documented St. Patrick's Day Celebration Parade in Philadelphia was held in 1771. This parade is the 2nd oldest Parade in the Country, topped only by the New York City Parade. Throughout the years this celebration has honored this religious and cultural celebration. Thousands of marchers and spectators in their green-bedecked finery, the bands and floats, the flags and music highlight one of the grandest parades in a city that loves parades.
The Celtic Festival and the parade take place right in heart of downtown Roanoke. Together, it's one of the largest St. Pat's Celebrations in the entire mid-Atlantic region. Over 2,500 marchers and over 10,000 spectators from across the entire region are expected. One reason for the success of this parade and festival is the family-friendly nature of the entire celebration.
The parade kicks off the weekend festival, where there are booths selling Irish and Celtic products, Irish food and libations, Irish music, singing, dancing, the Irish Reels Film Festival, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, an Irish art exhibit, children's contests and activities and more.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The annual downtown St. Patrick's Day parade begins on the corner of Burgundy and Piety in the Bywater, and makes several "pit stops" on its way to Bourbon Street. Men and women in walking groups from various clubs in the city, dressed in costumes of green, give out flowers, beads, and kisses to lucky parade goers along the route.
A giant replica of St. Patrick at the onset of the parade lets everyone know that the celebration has begun and the Grand Marshal, who leads the three-hour presentation of floats, bands, community and cultural groups, follows him.
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