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Atlanta, Georgia St. Patrick's Day Parade

 

Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day parade dates back to 1858, started by a Catholic and Protestant fraternal organization ( The Atlanta Hibernian Benevolent Society ) .   For a complete history of the parade, click here.

When:Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade route map

Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 12 pm to 1:30 pm EST

Where:

The Parade will travel through Midtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, starting at 15th street and going south along Peachtree Street to 5th street.

View a larger printable PDF version PDf the Atlanta St. Patrick's Day Parade Route Map here.

If you want an interactive Google map, so you can get directions to some point along the parade route, click here!

Who is in the parade:

The parade now includes representatives from Atlanta's Irish groups including:

  • the Hibernian Benevolent Society,
  • the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH),
  • Clan Na NGael,
  • Fire Emerald Society of Metro Atlanta (FESMA),
  • the Irish Information Center and
  • the Metro Atlanta Police Emerald Society (MAPES)

    If you'd like to see photos from last year's parade, click here. But the parade is not just an “Irish thing”. According to their website, the parade

attracts individuals and groups from around the city and the South including clowns, floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, children, dancers, drill teams, and more. All groups are encouraged to participate as long as their unit is appropriate for a “family” event. The emphasis is on children and families in celebration of all of Atlanta’s diverse backgrounds on a day when “everybody is Irish.”

Attending the parade as a spectator

What to bring

If it is a cold day,  bring a warm hat, warm gloves, and warm shoes. For a sunny day, you’ll want to bring sunglasses, suntan lotion, and a hat. The parade goes on rain, shine or snow.

Transportation and Parking

MARTA is a great way to get in and out to see the parade. The Midtown and Arts Center stations are located along the Parade route. If you are considering driving, the One Midtown Plaza off of Arts Center Way, the Colony Square parking deck on 14th, the Campanile parking deck on Juniper, the Proscenium parking deck on Crescent and the Promenade II parking deck on 15th will be open for a fee, typically $10 to $20. For more information about getting around in Midtown, click here.

More information

View a full list of street and lane closings here .

 

If you want more information, such as to participate in the parade or become a sponsor, see the parade's official website here...

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