Let’s paint the town green this St. Patrick’s Day! The Atlanta St. Patrick’s Parade is Atlanta’s longest-running event. This fun-filled parade returns for its 139th year. Dating back to 1858, it’s not only Atlanta’s longest-running event, but it is one of the country’s oldest St Patrick’s Day parades.
Its aim is to connect Irish-born and Irish American professionals and those who have an interest in Ireland within the Atlanta metro and surrounding areas. More than 2,000 dancers, musicians, animals, and Irish and local dignitaries are expected to march this year.
Participation in the parade is not just an “Irish thing”. The parade attracts people from around the city and the South. You can expect floats, bands, Bagpipe & Drum Corps, drill teams, and so much more.
Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking place on Saturday, March 12 from noon until 1 pm. At noon, the parade officially steps off on Peachtree Street in Midtown. So make sure to arrive by 11 a.m. to secure one of the best viewing spots.
A host of Irish and local dignitaries join in the parade as well, such as Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens, Irish Consul General Caoimhe Ní Chonchúir, and special guest this year from Ireland, Darragh O’Brien, Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
Additional celebrations will include “Brave the Shave”. Hosted by The St. Baldrick’s Foundation, this head-shaving challenge has participants shave their heads for childhood cancer awareness. This is a tradition that began on St. Patrick’s Day 20 years ago.
Continue the fun at Colony Square for their Luck on the Square event. Guests will enjoy live music, beer, food, and more. Learn more about these festivities here.