CHARLOTTE, NC — In the Southeast, St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Savannah get all the attention. But right here in Charlotte, the Irish community and those who are Irish for a day will celebrate March 17 with an annual parade marking its 22nd year as a Queen City tradition.
The Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. at North Tryon Street and 9th Streets in Uptown. It will march south on Tryon Street to 3rd Street, where it will take a left. The parade will wrap up at the corner of 3rd Street and Caldwell Street.
(See a map of the parade route here).
Charlotte’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was started in 1996 by a small group of revelers and bagpiper marching down Tryon Street. In the more than two decades since, the event has grown to include more than 130 entrants and attracts tens of thousands of spectators, making it one of the city’s largest parade events, its organizers say.
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After the parade, the 2018 Charlotte Goes Green Festival kicks off on South Tryon Street between 3rd Street and Stonewall Street. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and will feature Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, food, games for kids, and more.
For more information on the parade, visit its website.
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Location and Parking
Parking is prohibited on Tryon Street before and immediately after the parade. A parking deck is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between College Street and South Tryon Street.
Additional parking garages are found at The Green Garage at 454 South College Street, 3 Wells Fargo Center, the Duke Energy Building at 550 South Tryon Street, as well as public lots located east of Tryon Street, organizers say.
Parade goers can also take the LYNX train to uptown. The city’s brand new Blue Line service in the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and NoDa neighborhoods kicks off Friday, March 16. Click on this link for more information. www.ridetransit.org.
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