St. Patrick’s Weekend Events and General Information
Although the parade starts at 2 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. For those using Uber / Lyft transportation service, to and from the Parade and Festival, use the numeric address of 51 North Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, 33444
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. Please drink responsibly. For those using Uber / Lyft transportation service, to and from the Parade and Festival, use the numeric address of 51 North Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, 33444
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. For those using Uber / Lyft transportation service, to and from the Parade and Festival, use the numeric address of 51 North Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, 33444
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 month of March is characterized by seasonally mild temperatures, with daily highs in the 70s throughout the month.
Of course, show your support and wear festive green. Proudly display your festive outfit to our photographers! Remember to wear comfortable shoes.
Uber / Lyft – For those using Uber / Lyft transportation service, to and from the Parade and Festival, use the numeric address of 51 North Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, 33444
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 33 Gleason Street, Delray Beach by 12 noon. – Saturday March 17th / Parade day. 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.
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.
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.
We will also have the HOW Foundation of South Florida (Help Our Wounded) – Helping South East Florida Honor Flight and the City of Delray Beach, assist our WW2 Vets, who will be honored at the front of the parade. We will also be honoring the parade founder “Maury Power” in this years 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, by putting Maury’s surviving family members up front. Shout out to the company “Air Ref” who is our Parade Review Stand sponsor this year. Our review stand will be on the second floor balcony of the restaurant 32 East! With the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Retireee Association and Gregg Rice, as the “Voice of the Parade” !!
Bagpipe Band Concert In The Park
Old School Square’s amphitheater area. 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 perform intermittently throughout the day – before and after the parade.