They say everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, and this annual celebration of Irish culture brings visitors from near and far. Held on a Sunday in March, expect to see marching bands, pipe bands, floats, military, police and fire departments, Irish dancers, antique cars and perhaps even a leprechaun or two.
The two-and-a half hour parade begins at noon and runs along Constitution Ave., between 7th and 17th Streets, NW. Seats in the grandstand, located near the judge’s reviewing stand, are available for purchase; sidewalk viewing is free. The average Washington temperature in mid-March is 50-55 degrees, though we have had some blustery days, so dress in layers for comfort.
Many local Irish pubs sponsor parade parties which are open to the public and feature Irish musicians, dancers and singers.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been cancelled in recent years. For more information on this year’s parade, visit www.dcstpatsparade.com.
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Hours: Noon to 3 pm
Admission: Free; grandstand tickets available for purchase.
Parking: Parking meters are not in effect on Sundays; however, street closings will be in effect in the vicinity of the parade route.
Metrorail: Archives-Navy Memorial on Yellow and Blue lines; Federal Triangle on Blue and Orange line and Metro Center on Blue, Orange and Red lines.