St. Patrick’s Day craic on its way to San Diego

January 28, 2013 by  

The Irish Congress of Southern California will present the 2013 St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival this March. This will be the 33rd annual event and will take place in Balboa Park.

Over 120 parade entries will attract thousands of attendees, making it among the largest events of the year in San Diego. The parade consists of floats, police and fire departments, clowns, scout troops, border patrol units, bagpipes, dancing, and drill teams. Additionally, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, representing Ireland will participate.

A flag raising ceremony will kick off the event at 9:45 am and the parade will start at Sixth Avenue and Juniper Street, traveling north throughout the designated parade route.

The festival will offer over a hundred vendors – all displaying their products, food, and services. The vendor expo will take place in Balboa Park. Vendor booth space may be reserved via the entity website.

The 2013 parade theme is ‘Celebrating the Gaelic Athletic Association’, which has headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. The association is the largest sports organization in Ireland and is recognized as one of the greatest amateur sports entities in the world.

Parade organizers frequently work with local print companies in ordering supplies for the event. Banner printing is the most common order as banners are used throughout the venue to promote the parade in advance, as well as to direct foot traffic during the event.

The entertainment is scheduled for March 16 beginning at 10:30 am. More information about the parade and festival can be found on the St. Patrick’s Day San Diego website.