Get ready to green it up, folks. The Vancouver Saint Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 will (sham)rock downtown Vancouver Sunday, March 17.
Vancouver is good at celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We’ve got CelticFest – nine straight days of Celtic food and drink, music and dancing from March 9 to 17. Then there’s the ultimate shake-your-shamrocks St. Patrick’s Day party at the Blarney Stone in historic Gastown on March 17.
But the biggest event by far is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which draws a crowd of 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 parade starts at 11am March 17. Find all the details you need on the parade route after the jump.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will follow the same route as in 2012, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.
More Free Fun on St. Patrick’s Day
The Parade is the grad slam finale of the nine-day CelticFest. Make sure and visit the free CelticFest party at Celtic Village on March 17 from 10:00am to 5:00pm, on Granville Street (between Robson and Nelson Streets). In addition to live music, crafts and food, Celtic Village features a Kids’ Celtic Corner with song and dance, face painting and swordplay demos.
On parade day, parking and driving will be near impossible. Check Translink for info on bus detours, or take the Canada Line or Skytrain to Vancouver City Centre Station – the heart of the St. Paddy’s Day action.
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