ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL!
March 12, 2016
Delray Beach St Patrick’s Day Parade
Festival March 11, 2016 5pm to 10pm
Parade and Festival March 12, 2016 11am - 7pm
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual home town tradition in Delray Beach that began in 1968 with a Irish local pub owner by the name of Maury Powers, who took a stroll down Atlantic Avenue with his Shillelagh and a green pig and declared it “My own parade.”
Since then, a group of Emergency Service personnel stepped in to add a civic theme to the parade that has had uniformed police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel from all across the United states and as far away as Belgium, Ireland, Australia, Canada, and France come to participate in Delray Beach’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and represent their home towns and communities. Although the parade starts at 2 p.m., brave parade-going folks start lining up along the parade route by 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Many people bring folding chairs to use along the sidewalks to make the long parade waiting/watching time more comfortable. Keep in mind, you can not sit on Atlantic Avenue as this area must be clear for vehicles and floats. The parade has become so popular, that it’s been extended 5 blocks West of Swinton Ave. to West 5th Ave. This is a prime spot to set up and watch the parade.