Tucson gearing up for St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

February 22, 2013 by  

A fun-filled day of Irish culture will soon be hitting the streets of Tucson.

Next month, the city will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. More than one local printing company is likely seeing increased business as organizers and participants order banners, flyers, and other printed materials for the event.

This will be the parade and festival’s 26th year in the city. A wide variety of individuals and groups will take part in the procession, including military units, marchers, local dignitaries, and members of the media. Many will ride on decorative floats of their own design, and Tuscon fire chief Jim Critchley will serve as Grand Marshal.

After the parade, members of the public will be encouraged to stay for some traditional Irish music and dancing. They will be able to purchase food and souvenirs from a range of vendors. Representatives from a number of Irish heritage organizations will also be on hand to discuss Celtic history and culture. In addition, there will be a play area set aside for children.

The parade and festival will take place on Sunday, March 17 in Tucson’s downtown area. The event will open at 10:00 am at Armory Park (221 South Sixth Avenue) and close at 5:00 pm. The parade, which will begin at Pennington Street and Stone Avenue, will last from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm.

The St. Patrick’s Day festivities will be free to attend. Those who would like more specific information may contact the Downtown Tucson Partnership at (520) 837-6501.