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St. Patrick’s Day Events Delray Beach FL

St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of Irish culture and those who are Irish at heart. According to legend, St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, brought Catholicism to Ireland. His association with the shamrock and the color green stems from stories in which he explained the Holy Trinity using the shamrock.

Today, St. Patrick’s Day is more about celebrating Irish culture, but two things definitely remain: shamrocks and the color green.

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Delray Beach Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

If you’re looking for a fun way to get out in the community and celebrate this holiday, check out the local St. Patrick’s Day festival. Taking place during the second weekend in March, the Delray Beach Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is a family-friendly event that celebrates Irish culture, heritage, and pride.

On Friday, March 11 from 5 to 10 pm, you can enjoy a huge festival perfect for the whole family. Then on Saturday, March 12 from 11 am to 7 pm, you can explore the second day of the festival and the iconic parade.

The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival has been a local favorite since its inception in 1968. Of course, there are new and different parts every year. This year, more than 50 World War II veterans will lead the parade thanks to a partnership with Honor Flight.

Parade Information and Details

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Delray Beach is a family-friendly event, so there will be plenty of fun things for everyone, and you can expect a kid-friendly parade and festival goers. You can also expect fun tokens, beads, and edible treats as well as giveaways from some of the people on the floats and the parade personnel marching by. But you’ll want to be careful during the parade not to get in the way of the parade trying to get special trinkets!

After the parade, you can enjoy a special bagpipe concert on Old School Square’s great lawn. In this celebration of true Irish pride, you can enjoy the musical stylings of bagpipe experts beginning at 4:15 pm.

PotOfGold_179036132While the parade and festival are free events, you can donate to the non-profit organization that leads the event each year, the International Emergency Services Community. All proceeds go to supporting the operating costs of the event. Everything above that goes to supporting to local first responders. You can learn more about how to donate on the official event website.

Stay in the Loop About the Parade

Can’t get to the parade this year? That’s okay! There are plenty of ways to stay connected. Check back on the official event website afterward for photos of the event or connect through social media on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.