Looking to celebrate Irish culture? Look no further than these events hosted by the Irish Cultural Center and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire Committee.
34th Annual Parade and Faire
The 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will come rolling down the streets of downtown Phoenix this Saturday, March 11 and will culminate with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Faire. Both the parade and faire begin at 10 a.m. The parade will start at 3rd St. and Sheridan while the faire will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park.
During the parade, a variety of performers, entertainers and floats including marching bands, Irish dancers, and bag pipers will be there to entertain the masses.
At the faire, you can embrace Irish culture by enjoying three stages brimming with Irish music, stepdancing, bagpipers, along with food and beverages, Irish crafts & merchandise, genealogy, Irish Clubs, a Children’s Area, and maybe catch a glimpse of the “1916 Commemorative Exhibition” during a guided tour of the McClelland Library.
While the parade is free, admission to the faire is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and military. Bringing the kids? If they are 12 and under, they get in for free! Purchase your tickets to the faire here.
Free parking comes with a purchase of a faire ticket. The parking garage for this event is located at 1850 North Central Avenue. A free round-trip shuttle bus from the parking garage to the St. Patrick’s Day Faire will be available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Once you’ve finished up at the faire, mark your calendars for St. Patrick’s Day, March 17! It’s right around the corner!
If You Go:
What: 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire
When: Saturday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parade: 3rd St. and Sheridan
Faire: Hance Park, 67 W Culver St.
For more information about the 34th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Faire, visit stpatricksdayphoenix.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Festivities
The Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library will host their annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on March 17th at the Center and Library from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Last year, the festival was attended by over 1000 Arizonans.
Activities will be spread throughout the day including craft demonstrations, Family Story Hour, crafts for kids, a genealogy information booth, a kid’s scavenger hunt, live music, traditional food, and the historical exhibit “Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy.”
Evening festivities kick off at 6 p.m. with the biggest Ceili (social folk) dance of the year! Take this opportunity to learn traditional group dances enjoyed by the entire family. The annual “Arizona to Ireland” drawing, which raises funds to support traditional cultural programming and public events, will send two lucky individuals on a round trip to Ireland. Tickets will be available for purchase at the faire.
Get in on the fun for one low admission fee of $20 for adults and $10 for kids 6 – 17. Looking for discounted tickets? Come from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for $10 adult admission and $5 for kids 6 – 17. Kids 5 and under are free all day. Purchase your tickets for a fun-filled day celebrating Irish culture at the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library here.
If You Go:
What: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
When: Friday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Where: Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, 1106 N Central Ave.
For more event information, call 602.258.0109 or check out azirish.org.