Come experience the largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade west of the Mississippi! Join the Irish Congress of Southern California for the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival taking place on Saturday, March 16, 2018 starting at 10:30 AM at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. Join more than 30,000 attendees in our annual celebration featuring a parade with over 120 entries, followed by an Irish Festival in Balboa Park.
Following the parade, an event-filled Irish Festival in Balboa Park (Sixth and Maple) features live entertainment on 3 Stages. In the morning we have Irish Step Dancers and then we have a full afternoon line-up with Irish Folk singers and bands. All day there are Craft Booths, a Celtic Food Village and other Food Booths, a Beer Garden and a Kids Zone.
Parade and Festival Schedule
9:00 AM: Festival area open
9:45 AM: Flag presentation ceremony, Sixth Avenue and Laurel Street
10:30 AM: Parade starts up Fifth from Laurel to Upas, then back down Sixth Avenue to Juniper