Mo Chairde (Friends),
Cead Mile Failte! (100,000 welcomes)! The 2013 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival invites our sponsors, our vendors, and you to participate in the Seventeenth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Over 80,000 spectators watched Charlotte’s Sixteenth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it marched through the heart of Charlotte to the sound of pipes and the cheers of the spectators lining the streets. The combination of flags, floats, kids, and pipe band music made everyone smile and be Irish for a day. The Seventeenth Annual Parade promises to be even better! The Charlotte Goes Green Festival was the most well attended to date as capacity crowds enjoyed the beautiful weather as they listened to Irish music, watched performances by Irish dancers, played in the Celtic Kids Zone, had lots to eat and checked out the great Irish/Celtic vendors that attend the festival from around the U.S. Parade: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a non-profit event, open to the public. The Parade is open to neighborhood associations, schools, alumni groups, cheerleading and drill teams, international organizations, police, fire, elected officials, commercial businesses, and anyone else who wants to be Irish for a day. The parade will step off at 11:00 A.M. at Tryon and 9th street in uptown Charlotte. In order to accommodate the growing audience for the parade, we are expanding the parade route this year. The parade will still step off at Tryon & 9th St. It then marches south to 3rd Street where it takes a left and marches down 3rd St. to Caldwell. Check out the Map Page for the complete parade route. You can apply online for the 2013 Parade on the website: http://www.charlottestpatsday.com/application/ Grand Marshal:
We are very proud to announce that the Grand Marshal for the 2013 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade is N.C. Governor Pat McCrory. The Deputy Marshal is Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.
For more information see our Grand Marshal page.
Festival: We expect that the 2013 Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be our best one yet. There will be something for everyone of all ages to enjoy. It’s the place to be after the parade. The Festival is located on S. Tryon St. between 1st St & 3rd St.The festival hours are 10AM – 6:30PM and features Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish/Celtic and other vendors, a large children’s amusement area and plenty of food & beverages. There is no admission fee to attend. Check out our photos page for pictures of the 2012 parade and festival. We’ll have more announcements throughout the year about festival activities. Keep watching this site for updates and check out our Facebook page for fresh information.
For 2013 Sponsorship Opportunities or Vendor Applications (Irish arts/crafts/food), contact Frank Hart at: 803-802-1678 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Slainte’, Linda Dyer Hart – Parade Executive Director Art Fitzgerald, Parade Director