Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade Set for Saturday, March 2

The annual Ballyshaners St. Patrick’s Day Parade features many kilted bagpipe formations. (Photo: Mary Wadland/The Zebra Press)

38th Annual Parade will be the Largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the D.C. Region in 2019

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The 38th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show is set for Saturday, March 2.

Visitors and residents are invited to don their green and line King Street in Old Town Alexandria, VA to kick off the region’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the 38th Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Ballyshaners, a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and preserve Irish heritage.

More than 2,000 participants will march in the parade, including dog rescue groups, pipe and drum bands, the Notre Dame Alumni Band, historical re-enactors, Shriners and Kena cars, and Irish dancers. Parade-goers come early for the Fun Dog Show on Market Square, which benefits the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. More than 30 costumed dogs will compete in a range of categories, including Best Human/Canine Look-Alike, Most Talented and Most St. Paddy’s Spirit. The dogs will then kick off the parade at 12:30 p.m.

WHEN: Saturday, March 2, 2019

TIME: Parade starts at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 2 p.m.; the Fun Dog Show is from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

WHERE: Parade starts at King and Alfred Streets and ends at Lee and Cameron Streets; the Fun Dog Show is on Market Square in front of City Hall at 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA

WEBSITE: www.ballyshaners.org