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St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival 2021

The biggest celebration of the Patron Saint of Ireland west of Mississippi


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Diego is held every March at 10:30 a.m. on Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. Thousands of marchers and spectators line up the streets to see fantastic floats, high school marching bands, dancing groups, equestrian units, clowns, police, and fire department units. Altogether there are more than 120 entries at the parade, that proceeds north up Fifth Avenue to Upas Street, then over to Sixth Avenue and south on Sixth to Juniper St.

The Parade is followed by the Irish Festival in Balboa Park that is held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Park is located on Sixth Avenue and Maple St.​ and features lots of live entertainment on three Stages. Prepare to see Irish step dancers, hear Irish folk singers and bands. Besides, there will be Craft Booths, Celtic Food Village, an Irish beer garden and a Kids Zone with activities for the whole family. The celebration is organized by the Irish Congress of Southern California, a 100% volunteer organization.

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