March 15 and March 16, 2019
Let the shenanigans begin. Delray Beach's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is a two day event jam-packed with food and fun for the entire family. This year's event marks the 51st St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival. Admission is free. The Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade is an annual tradition that began in 1968 after a local Irishman and pub owner named Maury Power strolled down Atlantic Avenue with his Shillelagh and a green pig. Maury's legendary stroll down Atlantic Ave was just the beginning of what has become one of Florida's biggest St. Patrick's Day parades.
The two day festival kicks off Friday night with a pre-party. The pre-party located at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, 201 W Atlantic Ave is from 5 pm - 10 pm. The festival is open on Saturday from 10 am - 6 pm. The parade begins Saturday at 2 pm and runs along Atlantic Ave with the official start area being E Atlantic Ave at the intracoastal and ending at NW 5th Ave. Previous attendees of the Parade know to arrive early because many spectators begin staking their viewing spot by 10 or 10:30 am. Highlights of the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival include Live Entertainment, Food Trucks, Cold Beer and Cocktails, Vendors, and Raffles. There is a kids area with exciting games and activities too. The kids can have shamrocks or leprechauns painted on their faces, learn Irish Line Dancing or play games and win prizes.
Rock and Country music fans can enjoy 'South of Southern' at the Friday night pre-party or if you're into Blues, don't miss 'Just as we Practiced' on Saturday. Celtic dancers from Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance and St. Joan of Arc Dance Schools will also be on stage performing. Of course it wouldn't be a St. Patrick's Day celebration without a Pipes and Drums Band so watch out for them while you enjoy corned beef and cabbage washed down with an Irish beer. Don't forget to test the Luck o' the Irish by entering a raffle to win a great prize.