Whether you’re of Irish heritage or just love all things Celtic, San Diego’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish celebration is an event the whole family can enjoy. Start your morning at the parade—the largest west of the Mississippi—and view more than 120 entries including bagpipers, high school marching bands, police and fire departments, floats, dancing groups, marching and equestrian units, clowns, dignitaries and honorees, representatives from Ireland, antique cars, and more. The theme of this year’s parade is “Celebrating Faith and Freedom.” After the procession, head over to Balboa Park for live entertainment on two stages. There’ll be Irish Step Dancers, Irish folksingers, craft booths, food booths, a beer garden, and a kids’ zone with rides.
Parade begins on Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street, proceeds north up Fifth Avenue from Juniper Street to Upas Street, over to Sixth Avenue and south on Sixth to Juniper Street.
Parade: Saturday, March 14, 10:30 a.m.
Irish Festival: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
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