Do you have plans for St. Patrick’s Day in DC? Start the St. Patrick’s Day week of festivities off the right way by attending DC’s 45th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade (also known as the “Nation’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade”) will be held on Sunday, March 13 at 12, and goes on for about 2 ½ hours. This year’s theme is “Remember, Reflect, and Reimagine.” Look forward to over 100 marching bands, military units, dance schools and so many other organizations and floats from the community representing their causes.
The parade started as a “leisurely stroll” of several hundred people, but has grown to be a much larger procession as the years have gone by. It was started by the Irish American Club, but now is held in cooperation with the National Capital Park Service.
What’s the route for the 2016 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade?
There are plenty of great vantage points to watch the parade, but some of the best are ticketed spots on the grandstand. Being in the grandstand means a comfortable and elevated spot near restrooms, as well as clear announcements for each group. Tickets start at $15 each.
The parade route is very straightforward – it’s along Constitution Avenue between 17th St NW and 6th St NW.
What’s else is there to do in DC for St. Patrick’s Day?
If you’re planning ahead, a great event to attend before the DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Shamrock Fest. There will be refreshments, party games, and some of America’s favorite bands.
If you’re skipping the parade, local Irish pub Ri Ra Georgetown opens early (7 AM) on St Patrick’s Day for a traditional Irish breakfast, followed by music and traditional Irish dancing.
Will you be attending the DC St. Patrick’s Day parade to kick off St. Patrick’s Day? Let us know in the comments!