2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Honors Founders

March 6, 2012

The2012  St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature include floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities and civic, cultural and social groups. The Tucson parade has a 25-year history and provides a good time for the entire family.

Time again for the ever popular St. Patrick's Day Parade.

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 17, at El Presidio Park Plaza, 160 West Alameda Street, with live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children’s game area, and food and merchandise vendors.  Irish organizations, ethnic and cultural tables will be set up in the park as well.

The one-hour parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Pennington Street and Stone Avenue, making its way through Downtown – around the Presidio – down Main Avenue – through the heart of Tucson.

The 2012 parade and festival theme, “Honoring our Founders”, will pay tribute to our parade founders, celebrate their vision, and honor their dedication to the Irish and Tucson community.

The grand marshal was to have been Mike Haggerty, one of the parade’s founders, before he passed away on March 5. In his stead, the Haggerty family will ride their decorated golf cart in the parade.

A portion of festival proceeds will benefit the Tucson Police Officers Association.

In memory of the more than one million Irish who died in the Potato Famine 150 years ago, marchers and spectators are asked to remember the hungry of Tucson. The Community Food Bank will accept canned food donations during the Festival.