St. Patrick’s Weekend Events and General Information

Festival
March 16th, 2018
5pm to 10pm
Parade & Festival
March 17th, 2018
11am to 7pm
Fun Run
March 17th, 2018
11am
Parade
March 17th, 2018
Kicks off at Noon
Click for More Details About the Parade Weekend Schedule

 Arrive Early

Although the parade starts at 12 p.m., Parade spectators start lining up along the parade route by 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Many people bring folding chairs to use along the sidewalks to make the parade waiting/watching time more comfortable. Keep in mind, you can not sit on Atlantic Avenue street – as this area must be clear for vehicles and floats. The parade has become so popular, that it’s been extended 5 blocks West of Swinton Ave. to West 5th Ave. This is a prime spot to set up and watch the parade.

Please use the downtown bypass routes (1st Street – North and South of Atlantic) to stay off Atlantic Ave. before, during, and after the parade.

Alcohol

Delray Beach has an ordinance prohibiting “open alcohol containers” on the sidewalks and in the street. This is a safety measure to protect our minors and our seniors. There will be vendors and, of course, many restaurants and bars that are open for purchasing beverages. The festival in Old School Square will also have plenty of festive beverages for all to enjoy.

Restrooms

Area businesses reserve their restrooms for patrons. There will be additional portable restrooms located along the parade route as well as at Old School Square. Public restrooms are located on the north side of Atlantic Ave. near the beach and at the parking garage in Old School Square.

Featured Parade Weekend Restaurants

While you’re in town celebrating the festive St. Patrick’s Day Parade weekend, please make sure you stop by and enjoy any one of our featured Delray Beach restaurants that support the parade. You’ll find them listed on both of our parade sponsors pages. Tell them you love the parade and please thank them for their support!

The Weather

The month of March is characterized by seasonally mild temperatures, with daily highs in the 70s throughout the month.

Clothing

Of course, show your support and wear festive green. Proudly display your festive outfit to our photographers! Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

Parade Host Hotel

This year’s parade host hotel will be the Hyatt Delray Beach at 104 NE 2nd Ave.

Parade Beads & Giveaways

Floats and personnel marching in the parade may desire to provide beads or other small tokens for people in the crowds. For the safety of all participants, parade participants are NOT permitted to throw any items into the spectator space. They may, however, hand items directly to spectators.

Honor Guards and Uniformed Personnel

Honor Guards and uniformed personnel wishing to participate in the parade and represent their municipalities are welcome. Police / Fire / EMS / Military units will lead the parade. Please click here to reserve a hotel room and then e-mail us in which hotel you’re staying and how many rooms and/or beds.

All uniformed personnel are requested to report to the parade command post for registration at 1111 East Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach by 10 AM. – Saturday March 11th / Parade day. Please e-mail us the name of your agency and an estimate of how many members are expected to attend. Civilian clothing / uniform change out location @ Delray Beach Fire Rescue Headquarters / Station-1 … 501 West Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. This fire house is directly at the end of the parade. You are permitted to store your civilian clothing here at DBFD Station-1, prior to the parade.

Banners

Uniformed personnel representing the communities they serve, are encouraged to bring a 3′ X 6′ .. or .. 3′ X 8′ parade banner that introduces their agency / community to the spectators, as they march in the parade.

Patches

Emergency services personnel coming from far and wide are encouraged to bring at least one patch from their agency, to leave for our parade patch board.

Special Mention

We will also have the HOMH (Help Our Military Heroes) – Led by retired U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Brian Mast – representing our wounded warriors and the HOMH support group.

After Parade – Bagpipe Band Concert In The Park

After the parade, there will be a Bagpipe band concert on Old School Square’s great lawn. The Bagpipe bands that were in the parade, will round up and play together in the square. You won’t wanna miss that. Concert will begin between at 4:15 pm.

 

Floats – Need a float and don’t have the time to create one? Click Here.