Annual event will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9
In honor of the 50th anniversary and contributions to the community, Flagler College has been named Grand Marshal of the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
The college will be represented by current and former presidents, Dr. William Proctor, Dr. William Abare, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Joyner.
It is the world’s original St. Patrick’s Day Parade — begun 1601 — and takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9. The parade follows a 3-mile route throughout downtown from Francis Field to Orange Street to Castillo Drive, Avenida Menendez to Cathedral Place, Cordova Street to Orange Street, and returns to Francis Field at the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival. So, just follow the Parade to the Celtic Festival!
This year we are celebrating the 419th anniversary of the World’s ORIGINAL St. Patrick Parade, which started here in St. Augustine in 1601!
This is one of the three largest Parades in St. Augustine, with over 1,000 participants including numerous bands, floats, marching units, Irish dancers, Scottish clans, horses, cars, carriages, tour trains that fill the route from end to end.
The Parade Reviewing Stand is hosted by Ann O’Malley’s Irish Pub at 23 Orange Street. Jessica Clark of First Coast News and entertainer Amy Hendrickson are among the parade judges this year.
The parade will feature Coastal Florida Police & Fire Pipes and Drums, First Coast Highlanders Pipes & Drums, Jacksonville Pipes & Drums and Jacksonville Fire & Rescue Dept. Pipes and Drums.
St. Augustine’s St. Patrick Day Parade is produced by Romanza – St. Augustine and is funded in part by St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural, Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
For more information about the Parade or to register to be in the Parade, please visit http://www.celticstaugustine.com/st-patricks-day-parade/