St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in Charlotte with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Charlotte Goes Green Festival on Saturday, March 18th, 2017.
Charlotte Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade, featuring neighborhood associations, schools, alumni groups, cheerleading and drill teams, international organizations, police, fire, elected officials and commercial businesses, will step off at Tryon & 9th Street at 11 a.m. It then marches south to 3rd Street where it takes a left and marches down 3rd St. to Caldwell.
Last year over 80,000 spectators watched the parade.
The Grand Marshal this year is Arthur H. Fitzgerald Jr. Art is one of the founding members of the Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation, Inc. and has been the Parade Director for over 15 years.
As Parade Director Art was responsible for the organizing and staging of the Parade’s Line of March on the day of the parade. He also had the pleasure of being in the Knights of Columbus Honor Guard that has lead the Parade for many years.
This year’s parade will have over 125 entries that include floats, pipe & drum bands, Irish dancers, musical groups, dancers, lots of dogs, horses, leprechauns and lots of creative marching groups.
Charlotte Goes Green Festival
The Charlotte Goes Green / St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be held on Saturday March 18, 2017 in Uptown Charlotte on S. Tryon Street from 3rd to Stonewall St. from 10:00am-6:00pm.
The Festival will have live Irish music by The Federal Clan Kings & Traditional band, Mulligan’s Banned, Irish dancers from Charlotte’s premier Irish dance schools, Rince na h’Eireann and Walsh Kelley Schools of Irish Dancing and a pipe & drum band performance by the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders.
Here’s the stage schedule:
10:00am – 12:00pm – Recorded Music (Irish & Celtic)
12:00pm – 12:20pm – Walsh- Kelley School of Irish Dance
12:30pm – 12:50pm – Grandfather Mountain Pipe & Drums
1:00pm – 1:45pm – Federal Clan Kings
1:45pm – 1:50pm – Announce Parade winners
1:50pm – 2:10pm – Connick School of Irish Dance
2:20pm – 3:05pm – Mulligan’s Banned
3:10pm – 3:30pm – Walsh- Kelley School of Irish Dance
3:40pm – 4:30pm – Federal Clan Kings
4:40pm – 5:00pm – Connick School of Irish Dance
5:10pm – 6:00pm – Mulligan’s Banned
Stage Emcee – Wilson from WCCB’s “Wilson’s World”
There will be over 60 vendors that include Irish & Celtic items plus lots of unique arts & crafts & plenty of food & beverages. Kids can enjoy the Celtic Kid’s Zone Eurobungy for the kids. There is no admission charge to the event.
Parking information: Parking is prohibited on Tryon Street before and immediately after the parade.
There is a parking deck at the Wells Fargo Atrium & Plaza. The entrance is on Martin Luther King Jr. Street between College & S. Tryon St. There is additional parking at 3 Wells Fargo and The Green parking deck (entrance on College St.), the Duke Energy Building (550 S. Tryon St.) and various public lots on the east side of Tryon St.
Here’s a parking map.
Regarding alcohol: Bracelets are required for buying alcoholic beverages. You will have to show proof of legal drinking age (21) at the ticket booth in order to receive a bracelet. There is no charge for the bracelet.
Alcohol is allowed only within the marked festival area. The festival area will be clearly marked. No alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought into the festival area. You will be required to dispose of it before entering the festival area.