March 9: World’s Oldest St. Patrick’s Parade in St. Augustine

The world’s original St. Patrick’s Day Parade – begun 1601 – takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 9, as part of the St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival.

Click here to read more about the first St. Patrick’s celebration in 1600 that took place in St. Augustine, Florida!

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 as the Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is beginning on Francis Field. This is one of the three largest parades in St. Augustine, with over 1,000 participants including numerous bands, floats, marching units, dancers, horses, cars, carriages, tour trains and more 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.

2019 Judges include:

Jessica Clark

A broadcast reporter for First Coast News, Jessica Clark loves St. Augustine and its residents: “St. Augustine is my home and has been for 15 years, and the people here are so passionate about

Sheldon Gardner

whatever they do.”

Daniel Florez

A self employed videographer and photographer, Daniel Florez provides photo and video services

for St. Augustine businesses, at weddings, for local musicians and bands. He also travels throughout the U.S. with his photography work.

Sheldon Gardner

A reporter with the St. Augustine Record, Sheldon Gardner is thrilled to live and work in St. Augustine.

Amy Hendrickson

Amy Hendrickson is a musician, filmmaker and community organizer. She’s proud to call St. Augustine her hometown and honored to be part of this much anticipated local event.

Jeff Valin

Jeff Valin is the weekend evening news anchor and reporter at First Coast

News.

In honor of their 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 Abare, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Joyner.

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.

For more information about the Parade, go to celticstaugustine.com/st-patricks-day-parade/

PARADE BY THE NUMBERS

  • Over 900 participants
  • 4 pirate krewes
  • 4 Pipe & Drum corps
  • St. Augustine High School marching band
  • 2 schools of irish Dance
  • 501st Legion
  • North Florida Ghostbusters
  • Warehouse 31 Unleashed
  • Mounted units (horses)
  • Celtic Clans
  • Highland Games Athletes

 

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