Where’s me lucky charms? If you want to be kissed or are looking for a pot of gold this St. Patrick’s Day, try on a few shades of green on March 17 and head to one of the DC Metro Area’s famous annual parades. It is said the Irish know how to party, and St. Patrick’s Day is when the Irish and non-Irish alike join in the fun. Enjoy a fun parade with the family and some green beer or lucky libations with friends – and don’t forget to make a famous Irish toast!
Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 7, 9:00 am
The first parade in the DC area, Ballyshaners 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in Alexandria on Saturday, March 7 and will feature a Car and Dog Show prior to the parade kick-off at 12:30pm on King Street. Classic car enthusiasts and animal lovers are encouraged to come early to enjoy these events.
Maryland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 14, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The City of Gaithersburg will host its 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Rio Washington Center (I-370 and Washingtonian Boulevard). Spectators will enjoy Celtic dancers, bagpipe bands, clowns, fire trucks, and more. Live entertainment will follow the parade on the Lakefront Plaza until 1:00 pm.
Washington DC’s 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 15, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
This mile long, two-hour parade takes place between 7th and 17th Streets down Constitution Ave with marching bands, kilts and bag pipes, floats, military, police, fire departments and more. The grandstands are located between 15th and 16th streets next to the judges reviewing stand and are a great way to watch the parade for only $15 per ticket.