FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN CHARLOTTE
Q: When is the parade in 2017?
A: The parade will be on March 18, 2017 in Uptown Charlotte beginning at 11 AM.
Q: What is the parade route?
A: The parade assembles & steps off at 9th St. & N. Tryon St. and marches south to 3rd & Tryon St. There it turns left on 3rd St. and ends at Caldwell St.
Q: Where is the best location to view the parade?
A: All viewing is from the street level, so anywhere on the parade route is a good place to watch. The parade emcees are located at the intersection of Tryon St. & Trade St. They will announce each entry at that location.
Q: What are the festival hours?
A: The Charlotte Goes Green festival is also on Saturday, March 18, 2017 and runs from 10:00 AM until 6:00 PM and the festival has no admission fee.
Q: What is the festival location?
A: The festival is located on S.Tryon St. starting at 3rd St. and going down towards Stonewall St. & includes Levine Avenue of the Arts. The festival begins where the parade turns left on S.Tryon St. The entertainment stage is at the Levine Avenue of the Arts end.
Q: How can I apply to have my group march in the parade?
A: For parade entry information, click here. Previous parade participants should receive application information via e-mail by early December.
Q: How do I get more information about being a vendor at the festival ?
A: All vendor inquiries should be directed to Dyer Hart Productions at 803-802-1678 email@example.com
803-802-1678 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Tell me more about Charlotte, North Carolina
A: For further information contact Visit Charlotte at www.charlottesgotalot.com or Charlotte Center City Partners, at www.charlottecentercity.org.
Q: What about parking for the parade & festival?
A: Parking is prohibited on Tryon Street before and immediately after the parade.
There is a parking deck at the Wells Fargo Atrium & Plaza. The entrance is on Martin Luther King Jr. Street between College & S. Tryon St. There is additional parking at 3 Wells Fargo and The Green parking deck (entrance on College St.), the Duke Energy Building (550 S. Tryon St.) and various public lots on the east side of Tryon St.
Q: Is there an alternative way to get to the parade & festival?
A: If you don’t want the hassle of driving around and looking for a parking place, why not take the LYNX train from south Charlotte to the parade? It’s an easy ride and the kids would love it. The parade and festival are only a couple of blocks away from the train stop. Click on this link for more information. www.ridetransit.org
Q: What about hotels?
A: There are many hotel options in the Center City, with all of the brand names like Marriott, Holiday Inn, Westin, Ritz-Carlton & Hilton.
Q: How late will alcohol be served on Saturday?
A: Until 6:00 PM.
Q: Do I have to buy a bracelet?
A: Bracelets are required for buying alcoholic beverages. You will have to show proof of legal drinking age (21) at the ticket booth in order to receive a bracelet. There is no charge for the bracelet.
Q: Where are alcoholic beverages allowed to be consumed?
A: Only within the marked festival area. The festival area will be clearly marked. No alcoholic beverages are allowed to be brought into the festival area. You will be required to dispose of it before entering the festival area.
Q: Will there be food & beverages at the festival?
A: Yes, there will be a variety of food vendors that will also be offering beverages. Beer will be available for the duration of the festival. Be sure to come hungry!
Q: Will there be activities for children at the festival?
A: Yes, there are activities at the Celtic Kids Zone where there will be inflatables & other amusements plus children oriented vendors. For the more adventurous, Eurobungy returns & that will be located at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Q: Did you move the Celtic Kids Zone this year?
A: Yes, the construction is completed on Levine Avenue Of The Arts and we will move the Celtic Kids Zone back to that location..
Q: Are dogs allowed at the festival?
A:Yes, they are allowed as long as your dog is small & very crowd friendly. There are a lot of people & a lot of children there, so if they don’t like crowds, this is not the place for them. Owners are 100% responsible for their dogs actions and are responsible for picking up the dog’s waste.
Q: Where are the restrooms?
A:: There are Porta Jons on the east side of the block between the Bechtler Museum & Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Q: Is there a rain date?
A: This is a “Rain Or Shine” event. There is no rain date.
Q: Do you need volunteers?
A: Yes, we can always use more help, especially for the parade! Please contact Linda Dyer-Hart, using our “contact” page.
Q: What does “Erin Go Bragh” mean?
A: Ireland Forever.