Mo Chairde (Friends),
Cead Mile Failte! (100,000 welcomes)! The 2016 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival invites our sponsors, vendors, and you to participate in the Twentieth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 19, 2016. Thousands of spectators watched Charlotte’s Nineteenth 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 despite the “Irish weather’ we had in the morning. The combination of flags, floats, kids, and pipe band music made everyone smile and be Irish for a day. The parade has grown to be one of Charlotte’s biggest & best. The Twentieth Annual Parade promises to be another great one! The Charlotte Goes Green Festival was well attended as capacity crowds enjoyed the beautiful afternoon 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 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a non-profit event, open to the public, that is produced by the Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)3 organization. The Parade is open to pipe & drum bands, musical groups, 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 N. Tryon St. and 9th Street in uptown Charlotte. 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 2016 Parade on the website: http://www.charlottestpatsday.com/application/
Grand Marshal: We are proud to announce that our Grand Marshal for the 2015 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Dr. R. John Young, Honorary Counsel of Ireland for North Carolina.
For more information on Dr. Young please see our Grand Marshal page.
Festival: We expect that the 2016 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 3rd St. & Stonewall St. The festival hours are 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM and features Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish/Celtic and other vendors, a 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 2015 parade and festival. We’ll have more announcements throughout the year about parade and festival activities. Keep watching this site for updates and check out our Facebook page for fresh information.
For more Parade information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-802-1678.
For 2016 Festival Sponsorship Opportunities or Vendor Applications (Irish arts/crafts/food), contact Frank Hart at: 803-802-1678 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Linda Dyer Hart – Founder & Parade Executive Director
Art Fitzgerald – Parade Director