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St. Patrick’s Day in Old Town Alexandria – the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

February 26, 2020 | Inside Alexandria | By: The Goodhart Group

One of the great traditions and things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Old Town Alexandria and the DC area is the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.

The 39th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is set to take place in Old Town Saturday March 7 from 12:30-2:30pm. Annually held the first Saturday in March, the St. Patrick’s Day parade is put on by the Ballyshaners, a local nonprofit group that works to preserve and promote Irish culture and heritage. The Grand Marshal for the parade this year is John Brennan, owner of Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant and Bar located on King Street near the waterfront. 

The parade will begin at King and Alfred streets here in Old Town and end right down the street from our office at Cameron and Lee Streets. 

If you’re a dog-lover, you’re in luck! The Fun Dog Show begins at 10:30 at Market Square where more than 30 dressed up dogs compete in a range of fun categories. The show benefits the local Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Some of the notable 2,000 marchers include the Notre Dame Alumni Band, dog rescue groups, pipe and drum bands, historical re-enactors, Shriners and Kena cars, and Irish Dancers. Come don your green attire and enjoy the festivities!