Motor Down to Northwest’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade This Weekend

Everyone’s Irish one day a year, because when you’re drowning in suds at 1:30 a.m. on March 17, many suds, it doesn’t make a difference if you are or not.

So while many apartment renters in the metro region will surely down some Guinness, Jameson or whatever else they can get their hands on while wearing green and generally having a happy time on St. Patrick’s Day, others will want to celebrate something a little more sober but even more Irish: the 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade of Washington, D.C., which will take place Sunday, March 15, from noon to 2:30 p.m., two days before the green beer and drunken leprechaun sightings. (Hey, Jennifer Aniston wouldn’t lie, would she?)

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St. Patrick's Day Parade (S Pakhrin via Flickr)

A song of ice and plywood: On Sunday, Constitution Avenue will be brimming with floats, bands, marchers, throngs of onlookers and the occasional Game of Thrones cosplayer or two. (S Pakhrin via Flickr)

The theme of this year’s parade is “Irish Heart in the Nation’s Capital,” with grand marshals Jack O’Brien and John McInerney (posthumously, represented by Louise Verret) presiding; Gael of the Year is Theresa Cullinane. The parade route runs along Constitution Avenue, from 7th to 17th Street, N.W.

The parade will feature marching bands, military processions, pipe bands, ornate floats and more green than you’ll find in a summer forest. Sponsors this year include Aer Lingus and Rí Rá Georgetown.

This is obviously a family event, so if any area renters have Irish ancestry, bring your kids to the parade. And if you don’t, who cares? Irish people can be very welcoming, especially if you’re wearing green.

To stand and watch is free; to sit in the grandstand you’ll need a $15 ticket.

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There are several Metrorail stations near the parade, including the Federal Triangle, Smithsonian (Blue/Orange/Silver Line) and Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green/Yellow Line) stops.

In fact, if you’re looking for a vibrant neighborhood to reside in, I suggest you mosey on over to Penn Quarter after the parade and have a look around. It’s great.

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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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