St. Patty’s Parade Marches Into Town This Weekend

2011 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Dublin or nothing: You never know what you’ll see at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (tedeytan via Flickr)

It’s that time again: time to celebrate when St. Patrick drove those snakes out of Ireland (or at least in legend he did).

The Washington D.C. 41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is being held on Sunday, March 11 at noon. So it’s about a week early; you can live with it. Be Irish for a week.

The parade “will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W.”  Here is the exact parade route.

This year’s Grand Marshall is Cathal Armstrong, and its Gael is Michael F. Curtin, Jr. The parade was first held in 1971, when it “traveled along Massachusetts Avenue from Dupont Circle to the statue of Robert Emmet.”

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Many people don’t realize that the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in the States, not in Ireland. According to its site, the parade’s mission “is to foster the understanding of and celebrate the Irish culture in America.” And believe it or not, it has nothing to do with leprechauns or Lucky Charms, though we here at have nothing against either.

To watch the parade in style, you can purchase grandstand tickets. The grandstands are located next to the judges’ reviewing stand between 15th and 16th streets.

If St. Patrick’s Day (proper) also means going over to The Dubliner Restaurant & Irish Pub in Capitol Hill or Fadó Irish Pub & Restaurant in Chinatown to celebrate in a more adult beverage-type way, have at it. You could even go to Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington.

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Wherever you go on March 17, just remember to wear green, for as the night floats on and the alcohol goes down, the cagey renter will have better luck that way.

Though supported by the city and the National Park Service, the parade relies on private donations from people like me and you.

The closest Metro station to the parade is the Federal Triangle stop on the Blue/Orange Line, though there are a couple of other stations nearby as well. One thing is for sure, you don’t need luck to find a great apartment when you use Apartment Showcase. 

Erin go bragh!

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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