Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2012

Photo Credit: Flickr / donnaidh_sidhe

Get ready to put on your green clothes and shake your shamrocks: the 8th annual Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade is coming Sunday, March 18, 2012!

Vancouverites love their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, from partying at CelticFest to downing green beers at The Blarney Stone, but the biggest event by far is the Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which attracts over 350,000 spectators and features 2,000 participants, including Celtic and Irish dancers,  award-winning pipe and drum bands, acrobats, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team, and more.

The 2012 Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade runs from 11am – 1pm on March 18 and follows the same route as 2011 (see map above): The parade route begins at Howe and Drake,  proceeds north along to Georgia Street, turns right on Georgia and ends at Georgia and Granville Streets.

The Parade is the culmination of the eight-day Vancouver CelticFest, and celebrations—including live music and a street market—happen both before and after the parade at the Celtic Village on Granville Street, between Smithe and Georgia.

Remember: With so many spectators expected, parking and driving will be extremely difficult; there will be road closures from 8am – 2pm on March 18. Check Translink for info on bus detours, or take the Canada Line or Skytrain to Vancouver City Centre Station, which will put you in the middle of the action with no parking hassles!

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