Raleigh, North Carolina has much to offer during the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with activities for the entire family. On Saturday March 14th, Raleigh holds their St. Patrick’s Day party in downtown Raleigh. This party isn’t just another run of the mill thrill, it’s an incredible feast of fun. Expect a festive parade, live music and Irish dancing Raleigh style, the honor of having NC State Football Coach Tom O’Brien as the Grand Marshal, and the best Irish atmosphere you will ever experience.
The parade begins at noon on the corner of Cabarrus and Wilmington streets at 12:00 Noon then proceeds north on Wilmington to Davie Street. The route turns west to Fayetteville Street and continues to delight north to the State House. The route passes by the State House on the east side and turns east on Edenton Street. On the edge of the end the parade turns south on Blount Street where it ends at Moore Square, but it truly doesn’t stop there! Look up in the sky. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the Patriotic Parachute Team to jump right into Moore Square!
As soon as the parade ends, the Irish Pub Music begins with Eire Lingus with Celtic Rock from Homeland (not to be confused with Homeland Security). So grab a mug and watch the Irish eyes smiling! Underaged lads can delight on a spruce of selections. Raleigh, North Carolina has some of the best pubs around as this St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Raleigh will bring much in great taste with drinks!
Martin Street entertainment breaks it wide open at 1:45 p.m. with NC State Pipe Band. Inis Cairde Irish Dancers take to the stage at 2:05 p.m. as Jo Moore Scottish Dancers perform at 2:25 in the afternoon. Danny Tighe Irish Dancers begin their fancy footwork at 2:45 p.m. to be followed by Grace Christian Irish Dance Troupe at 3:05. When the clock reads 3:25 the Green Year Round Elementary Dancer begins.
Now that’s a full day of activities for the entire family. Included will be fun filled short activities for children such as face painting, but you have to catch that when it comes your way since locals usually are those who conduct these activities on their own by will of free offering.
For more information contact the parade committee at PO Box 80391 Raleigh, NC 27623 or visit their St. Patrick’s Parade website. If you wish to participate visit http://raleighstpats.org//participants.html. On this St. Patrick’s Day website you can find out so much about this parade, including a map for those who are not familiar with Raleigh, North Carolina. This website also shares the countdown, down to the second. There’s much to anticipate with the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day parade.
This parade is by far one of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades around. So if you want to celebrate the luck of the Irish, be one of the lucky by attending! And don’t forget to wear that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” pin!