Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade March 20, 2011

Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo: Joseph Boltrukiewicz / Digital Journal

Ready to rock your shamrocks and green clothes?

St. Patrick’s Day may have Irish Catholic origins, but its popularity as a world-wide celebration of all things Celtic and Irish make it a favourite holiday among Canadians of all stripes, and Vancouverites are no exception!

The annual Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade through downtown Vancouver attracts over 350,000 spectators and features Celtic warriors, dancers, clowns, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, horse-mounted drill teams, and more.

The 2011 Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade happens on Sunday, March 20, and is the climax of the four-day Vancouver Celticfest.  The parade runs from 11am – 1pm; 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. Find a complete parade route map here.

Free Celticfest 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.

With so many people expected to attend the parade—as well as road closures from 8am – 2pm on March 20—it’s better to take transit rather than drive. Check Translink for info on bus detours, or take the Canada Line or Skytrain to Vancouver City Centre station.

Have more tips for the best ways to enjoy the Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Please leave your advice in the comments!

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