When Irish Eyes are Smiling, It Must be Saint Patrick’s Day

It’s that time of year when the Irish in everyone comes out; Saint Patrick’s Day. I mean the Irish are such fun people that love to celebrate with good food, good drink and good friends! Who, among us would have trouble enjoying that kind of celebration?

This week features a wonderful, no an amazing, selection of Saint Patrick Day parades and parties to choose from all over the U.S.  There is everything from dyeing rivers green to the World’s Shortest Parade. Unfortunately because of limited space, I only get to list a few but I really tried to get in as many as I could. We have hundreds of Irish themed events taking place just this week. But Saint Patrick’s Day events have been taking place for the last few weeks leading up to the holiday, the numbers overall are well into the 1000’s.

This week we once again get to experience a highlighted “ethnic” tradition. Learning to embrace other cultures through events and shared experiences is a hallmark of the United States. No other country has successfully melted so many immigrants and cultures into such a superb society stew. It helps to make us all a little more knowledgeable while making us a lot more tolerant. Ethnic holidays such as Saint Patrick’s Day are excellent opportunities to stir and season that stew. So at least his week we can all be Irish!

As always, my job here is to enlighten and entertain my readers about interesting or topical events each week. I am not saying I am always successful at the enlightening part but I certainly hope I am successful ( at least a little) at the entertaining part. In any case, if none of the events on this list are in your area please use the search box above to find something “Irish” for you to visit this week. In honor of the special day, I leave you with an Old Irish Blessing.

May love and laughter light your days,

and warm your heart and home.

May good and faithful friends be yours,

wherever you may roam.

May peace and plenty bless your world

with joy that long endures.

May all life’s passing seasons

bring the best to you and yours!

St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Mar 16, 2013 – Mar 17, 2013

Dublin Civic Center Dublin, CA US 94568

Since 1983. Over 150 arts and craft booths, 3 stages of Irish Music and dance, children’s activities, carnival games, food and drink booths, shopping, a parade and a 5K run. Saturday morning Firefighters pancake breakfast at 7am at the Donahue Drive fire station.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 17, 2013

Downtown Kansas City, MO US 64112

Since 1973. One of America’s largest St. Patrick’s day parade fills the streets of downtown. The largest one day event in Kansas City all year. Midtown starting at Linwood and Broadway and proceeding south along Broadway to 43rd Street. The area around Redemptorist Catholic Church where the Parade starts was traditionally called Kerry Patch in the 1800s after the large Irish immigrant population living there. Many of the stone buildings in the neighborhood were built by Irish with limestone quarried by Irish in the Penn Valley Park area.
150,000 Attendees

St. Patricks Day Parade and 5K Run

Mar 16, 2013

Union Station Saint Louis, MO US 63102

Since 1970, features a 5k run with over 13,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers of all ages welcome. There are 13 different age categories for both male and female competitive runners, ranging in age from under14 to 70-plus years. Prizes will be awarded in age categories for both men and women, including “14 and under” and “70 and over.” The parade follows stepping off at 18th and Market Streets and proceeds east on Market to Broadway and then south on Broadway where it will disband. Parade units will stage starting at 7:30 a.m. from Compton to 18th Street. The parade, also known as St. Louis’ “Rite of Spring,” will feature over 130 units, including floats, bands, marching units, large helium-filled balloons, and over 5,000 marchers. A Marine color guard from the 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment based in St. Louis will lead the parade. In the past with good weather, more than 350,000 spectators have gathered along Market Street to watch the elaborate floats, marching bands, marching units, dance groups, animal units, novelty units, and motorized units. View the children’s favorites – giant cartoon character helium-filled balloons – from Aloe Plaza designated family friendly area.
250,000+ Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Fair

Mar 16, 2013

Margaret G. Hance Park Phoenix, AZ US 85004

Since 1984. Celebrate the culture and heritage of the Irish with traditional foods and vendors selling Irish and Celtic merchandise and crafts, music and dancing, prizes, children’s activities and much more. The faire takes place immediately following the parade at the Irish Cultural Center in Margaret T. Hance Park. The fair includes live Irish music, vendors selling Irish items, food and three stages of entertainment.
40,000+ Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day on the River

Mar 15, 2013 – Mar 16, 2013

Downtown Savannah, GA US 31402

Since 1825, Honoring St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland. This is an Irish celebration and the second-largest in the country. One of the very best riverfront parties ever. Come out and have some fun with lost of good food and drink, dancing, sponsor booths, music and much more. Extended hours of service: 2:55 am closing for bars/restaurants (formerly 1am).
200,000 Attendees

Hibernian St Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 17, 2013

Dogtown Neighborhood Saint Louis, MO US 63110

Since 1984. There will be plenty of music, marchers, and lots and lots of green at the annual Ancient Order of Hibernians. The big annual Irish event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. on the saint’s feast day, in one of St. Louis’ oldest Irish neighborhoods it takes place in the Dogtown region of St. Louis City – with the majority of the parade route being Tamm Avenue in the (Dogtown) area on St. Louis’ south side. The parade is a family oriented tradition of honoring St. Patrick.
50,000 Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 16, 2013

Fifth Avenue New York, NY US 10028

Since 1762. The New York City St Patrick’s Parade marched for the first time in 1762, fourteen years before the Declaration of Independence was signed in Independence Hall, Philadelphia. The Parade is regarded as the most popular of all the Parades in New York City, and honors Saint Patrick – the patron Saint of Archdiocese of New York and Ireland. The New York Parade consists only of marchers and each year hosts some 250,000 marchers and two million spectators. The Parade has many outstanding marching bands from throughout the United States and from all over the world. The Parade is the world’s oldest and largest civic parade and celebrates “The Faith of Ireland, Irish heritage and Culture.
1,000,000 Attendees

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 17, 2013

South Boston Neighborhood Boston, MA US 02101

Since 1900, 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.
600,000 Attendees

Murphy’s St. Patrick Day River Parade and Festival

Mar 16, 2013 – Mar 17, 2013

Downtown at Riverwalk San Antonio, TX US 78205

Come watch this exciting parade along the 2.5 mile Riverwalk. Barges of entertainment and the dyeing of the river green. Floats release 35 pounds of environmentally friendly green dye into the San Antonio River. The event transforms the 2.5 mile river into a miniature Emerald Isle where a proclamation is read, temporarily re-naming the river “The River Shannon”.
45,000 Attendees

St. Patricks Day Celebration and Parade

Mar 16, 2013

Cathedral of Christ The King Atlanta, GA US 39901

Since 1858, Atlanta has produced a great St. Patty’s Day celebration. After a formal opening held at the Cathedral in Buckhead, the people in their Sunday’s best green fashions head downtown for the parade. Lots of green beer, concerts and fun.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 16, 2013

Lower Downtown Denver, CO US 80205

Since 1963. A very traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade where they will be wearin’ the green. The Mile High City is home to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades in the nation with 10,000 marchers, more than 240 entries, and nearly 250,000 spectators! On behalf of the hundreds of volunteers who work diligently year-round to bring this parade to the streets of lower downtown Denver, the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is honored to invite you to join us.
250,000 Attendees

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Fest

Mar 16, 2013

Downtown New London, WI US 54961

Join us for Wisconsin’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and an Irish Fest in downtown New London, Wisconsin. The legendary week of festivities begin when local Shamrock Club leprechauns change the town’s name to ‘New Dublin’. The Grand Parade typically has a full lineup of multiple bagpipe bands, marching bands, festive clowns, specialty units, clans, Finnegan’s Wake, and business floats–well over 100 units. Bring the whole family to watch this renown event! The New Dublin Irish Fest is a music festival held under a huge heated big top that each year features two dynamic Celtic bands. There are beverages, Irish food, and market booths. The 2012 bands are Green Tea and Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys.
20,000 Attendees

Dyeing the Chicago River and St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Mar 16, 2013

Columbus Drive Chicago, IL US 60604

Start the day’s festivities with mass at Old St. Patrick’s Church at 9 a.m. Then listen to the wailing of the Shannon Rovers Irish Pipe Band and watch the Chicago River turn green. The parade begins at noon starting from Balbo and Columbus.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival

Mar 16, 2013

Center City Charlotte Charlotte, NC US 28202

The Charlotte Goes Green celebration will follow the longtime Charlotte tradition, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The festival features live music, Irish dancers, pipe bands, drum bands, Irish vendors, amusements for children of all ages, lots of food and drink and more.
50,000 Attendees

San Francisco’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Mar 16, 2013

Civic Center Plaza San Francisco, CA US 94102

Since 1851, The addition of the Festival after the parade provides a great opportunity for attendees to learn more about Irish history and culture while having fun experiencing the day. A full day of activity is planned for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The colorful festivities surrounding the parade will showcase Irish Culture through live performance and entertainment, arts and crafts exhibitors, and food and beverage concessions, children’s rides and inflatables, cultural displays, a petting zoo and pony ride and a number of non-profits booths representing the Irish community. Parade leaves at 2nd and Market and proceeds to the Civic Center.

Southern Nevada Sons of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Mar 15, 2013 – Mar 17, 2013

Water Street District Henderson, NV US 89015

Celebrate the luck of the Irish with a parade, festive entertainment, car show, carnival and more. Join our community as we celebrate this time honored tradition. Thirty thousand attendees are expected to gather on Water Street anticipating the fun and excitement this great event always creates. Starting at Ocean Avenue the parade will travel down Water Street proceeding to Victory Road. In addition to the parade there will be a carnival midway, food booths, souvenir and merchandise vendors, an Irish beer garden and much more. Carnival and vendors will be located on the Henderson Events Plaza. Don’t miss this wonderful family festival of fun and entertainment.

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