Northwest’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Marches On

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Wardrobe malfunction: Because nothing says “Erin Go Bragh” like a suit made of tin and a green plastic wig. (greenmelinda via Flickr)

Some people like parades. They have a traditional cachet in this ever-changing world of ours. In an age of digital this, green that, more digital this, Kim Kardashian that, NBA trade this, NFL lockout that, parades can seem even quaint.

In these ephemeral times, when fewer people seem to value tradition, what would we do without St. Patrick’s Day?

OK, so it’s a celebration originally meant to honor the death of Ireland’s patron saint that’s turned into a day of green-wearing revelry replete with beer, rowdiness and leprechaun imagery.

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But hey, it’s a fun day to let loose your inner Irish no matter what your ancestry, and celebrate a great little island nation and its people.

Something a little magical happens when you put St. Patrick and a parade together, something uniquely American; after all, the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held on American soil, not in Ireland. While Washington, D.C., won’t be mistaken for Boston anytime soon – nor does it have the massive procession put on by New York City – it does have its own parade celebrating the life of St. Patrick.

In fact, this is the 40th year for the annual Washington, D.C., St. Patrick’s Day Parade. While the holiday itself is celebrated on March 17, the D.C. parade will take place on Sunday, March 13, at 12 p.m. and proceed down Constitution Avenue in Northwest between 7th and 17th Streets.

Revelers wanting a better view of the parade can purchase grandstand tickets for $15 dollars, which will give you an elevated perspective of the festivities. These seats are also adjacent to the parade judge’s reviewing stand, with restroom facilities nearby.

The parade is scheduled to last three hours, and will feature floats, marching bands, drill teams and fire trucks, but also antique bicycles, cars and even Irish wolfhounds, the world’s tallest breed of dog.

The theme of this year’s parade is “A Heritage of Education and Community Service,” and its Grand Marshal will be Marilee Fitzgerald, Acting Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

So, apartment renters in Northwest, come on out and show your Irish side in a very traditional way.

When you’re finished, you can always head over to Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Chinatown or straggle on down to The Dubliner Restaurant & Irish Pub in Capitol Hill, where you can celebrate with a drink … or two.

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However you decide to celebrate this most green of holidays, may the luck of the Irish be with you. Although that won’t be needed while you search for apartments with Apartment Showcase.

Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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