With St. Patrick’s Day this upcoming weekend, Saturday, March 17th will be an all-day celebration in Seattle. Though St. Patrick’s Day is in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, the day has become recognized across the world, celebrating Irish culture with parades, foods, music and dancing.
To kick the celebration off, the Parade Grand Marshals will join the Mayor of Seattle in raising the Irish flag in front of the King-County Administration Building. The flag will be raised at 12:20 PM and will be followed by the playing of the Irish and U.S National Anthems. At 12:30 PM, Seattle’s 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin on 4th Avenue. Leading the parade will be the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Grand Marshal and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshal, alongside Seattle’s Mayor and official visitors from Galway, Ireland. The parade will travel north from James street and continue to Westlake Park. From there, attendees are welcome to take the Monorail, at no cost, to the Seattle Center for closing ceremonies. The closing ceremonies will take place in the Armory at 2:00 PM.
To continue the celebration, the Irish Festival will also take place in the Seattle Center Armory from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and again on Sunday, March 18th. There will be no admission cost for attendees on either day. At this celebration, you will find booths selling Irish and Celtic items; a variety of workshops, lectures, cultural displays, an Irish art exhibit, children’s contests, and activities. There will be an abundance of Irish food, music, singing and dancing. On Sunday, a LUCKY winner from a drawing will take home two round-trip tickets to Ireland! For the complete schedule of the festival, please visit here.
This weekend is a great time to grab your friends and family, put on a pinch of green and join in on the cultural celebration!
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