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Alexandria, VA St. Patrick's Day Parade

Alexandria St. patrick's day parade route map
Alexandria, VA’s St. Patrick’s Day parade dates back to . For a complete history of the Alexandria, VA parade, click here.


The St. Patrick's Day Parade should be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024 starting at 12:15 pm. See the parade's website here for the latest updates. Traditionally, this parade is held the first Saturday in March


The parade officially starts at the corner of King Street and (From Alfred to Asaph) Street at 12:30pm, with dignitaries leading the procession at 12:15 pm. The parade proceeds east on King Street, finishing at the corner of (From Lee and Cameron Streets to Fairfax and Cameron Streets) . 

More about the parade:

 According to their website, the parade

The Ballyshaners 41st Alexandria Saint Patrick's Day Parade encourages residents and tourists to come early to enjoy the events at one of the DC area's finest parades. All events are free to the public.

Alexandria boasts the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in the DC area. The parade normally features pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups, and a host of other performers and entertainment. It's a fantastic day to spend with family or friends!

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is organized by the Ballyshaners (Gaelic for "Old Towners"). The Ballyshaners, Org. is a non-profit group that seeks to promote and preserve Irish heritage through organization of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria and the Ballyshaners Irish festival held each summer. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available as listed on our website.

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. And of course, it is traditional to be dressed in GREEN (or orange or white – colors of the Irish flag)!

Transportation and Parking

Mass transit is a great way to get in and out to see the parade. With thousands of spectators and participants expected, parade goers are encouraged to take advantage of public transportation. The closest Metro is the Blue Line, King Street/Old Town. There is a free trolley from the Metro, or the activities can be reached by a short 10-minute walk down King Street.

More information

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

Find the Alexandria, VA parade's Facebook page here.

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