Sacramento marches to pipes and drums for St. Patrick’s Day

March 16, 2018 by  

This year’s 22nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, with over 50 units and 1,000 marchers, is expected to draw crowds of over 35,000 spectators as it progresses through Old Sacramento.

The parade will be composed of Highland and Irish dancers, bagpipers, historic reenactors, and pipe and drum bands. Local schools, clubs, public officials, fire departments and police units will have vehicles, walking units and bands. Other cultures will also be represented with their floats, walking units, and bands. Many entries are busily getting their banner printing completed at local print shops.

The parade will meander through the 28 acres of Old Sacramento. The route will start at Neasham Street and head toward Front Street. It will pass the reviewing stand on K and Front Streets, turn right on J Street, right again on 2nd Street, right on L Street, and end back on Front Street.

Festivities will begin in late morning and the parade will begin in the early afternoon. The Mighty Murphys will entertain on the main stage, and vendors will be hawking their Irish-themed merchandise.

The parade will step off at 1:00 pm tomorrow at 1002 Second Street, Sacramento and festivities will begin at 11:30 am. Parking will be available at Tower Garage, Old Sacramento Garage and Macy’s West. The event should wind down around 3:00 pm.