Tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade has rich history in City of Oaks.

Posted on 03/13/15 No Comments

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This Saturday, Downtown Raleigh will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with its annual parade. Unfortunately, it may be the last due to the cost of employing Raleigh’s finest to provide security and crowd control.

The parade has been held for 33 years.

Potential demise aside, it’s still always been an excellent way to spend a couple of hours in the urban center of the City of Oaks.

Hardly just an event to be celebrated by its demographic namesake, St. Patrick’s Day has grown to become one of the nation’s largest collective celebrations. However, that hasn’t sit too well with those who still hold sacred the religious aspects of the day and the Patron Saint it recognizes.

As with event of this sort in the city, there will be a number of food vendors and folks on hand to entertain the kids. The Shamrock ‘n Roll Stage will have on hand a number of Irish music acts, such as Gypsy Dargle and, with perhaps the best Irish band name ever, The Fighting Jamesons.

There will be another stage, too, on Martin Street. It have the Rince Go Halainn Irish Dance Academy, the Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance, as well as the NC State Pipe and Drum corp, among others.

The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at the intersection of E. Lane and Wilmington Streets. It ends at W. Lenoir and S. Salisbury.

We may have some rain on the way, so bring the umbrella.

No, not the one for your drink. An actual umbrella.

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