St. Patrick’s Day Comes in Two Parts: Parade and Festival

March 7, 2013

The calendar falls favorably this year to actually stage the 26th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival on March 17.st pat

That’s a Sunday, the perfect day to head Downtown and celebrate all things Irish and give your walking shoes a workout.

The Festival starts at 10 a.m. at Armory Park on 6th Avenue at 12th Street.

The Parade follows 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. This year’s Grand Marshal will be Tucson Fire Chief Jim Critchley.​

The 2013 parade will feature marchers including floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities and civic, cultural and social groups. The Tucson parade has a 26-year history and provides a good time for the entire family.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade serves to increase awareness of Irish culture through Irish songs, music, dance, language, crafts, writing, and authors, history, art and activities.

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival at Armory Park will offer 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.