On March 17th, people in many parts of the world celebrate the traditions of the Emerald Isle in the form of music, events and parades. In Phoenix, just like many places around the United States, the Phoenix St Patricks Day Parade presents a traditional parade with plenty of green, ending with a huge celebration in the park. This event is located in downtown Phoenix, and when you reserve a comfortable and convenient stay with Scottsdale Rentals, attending this popular springtime parade and faire becomes extremely easy.
Phoenix St Patrick’s Day Parade Route
The Phoenix St Patrick’s Day Parade starts in downtown Phoenix, usually around 10AM at the corner of 3rd Street and Sheridan, a bustling thoroughfare located near Monterey Park and St. Mary’s Catholic High School. The parade contains all of the usual pomp and pageantry associated with St. Patrick’s Day, with festive floats, marching bands (along with bagpipes) and traditional Irish dancers. On both sides of 3rd Street, locals and tourists alike dress in green as the entertainment marches down past the announcer’s stand until the parade ends at Willetta Street. Visitors to the parade can find plenty of parking on adjacent streets as well as a free parking lot on the corner of Central Avenue and Palm Lane.
After the parade ends, make a detour towards Margaret T. Hance Park and continue with the St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Inside the park, the fest includes three different stages with live acts, with traditional music, classic step-dancing, and more bagpipe players, plus craftwork, merchandise, genealogy workshops, Irish clubs, a children’s area, and plenty of food vendors. If you are over 21, not only can you grab a pint of Guinness, but you can also taste some of the best local craft brewers in the Grand Canyon State.
In addition to the Phoenix St Patricks Day Parade, if you want to indulge a bit more in the Irish culture and heritage, visit the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library. Located in Hance Park, the center expounds on the rich history and traditions from this Celtic nation with exhibits, workshops, seminars and tours. In fact, the center more specifically focuses on the Irish community in Phoenix and the contributions provided to this desert city. In addition to the parade and faire, it is one of the best cultural institutions downtown.