St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Details about the parade
- When is the Parade? The 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on St. Patrick’s Day, Saturday, March 17, 2018, beginning at 1:00 PM.
- What is the route of the Parade and the best places to view it? The Parade Route begins at Sixth & Main Streets in downtown North Little Rock, travels through the Argenta Arts District, crosses the Arkansas River via the Main Street Bridge, travels east on President Clinton Avenue through the River Market District, turns south on Sherman Street and ends at Third & Cumberland Streets in Little Rock. The three best viewing and performance areas for the Parade are the Argenta Arts District, the River Market District and Third Street near Dugan’s Pub.
- What groups are headlining the 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade? To be announced in early 2018.
- What other entries will the Parade include? To be announced in early 2018.
- Who is the Grand Marshal of 2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade? The Grand Marshal of the 2018 Parade is Maire Hayes, founding member, member of the first committee of the ICSA, and current resident of Cork, Ireland. Maire filed Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State’s office in December 1995 creating the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas.
- Will there be any entertainment after the parade? “Dancing at the Crossroads” will take place on the grandstand following the Parade. This event will feature musical performances by marching pipe & drum bands and traditional Irish dance performances by the McCafferty Academy of Irish Dance and the O’Donovan School of Irish Dance.
- Which organization coordinates the Parade? The Parade is coordinated by the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas (ICSA) as a fun, free family-oriented community service event for the residents of central Arkansas and is intended to celebrate cultural diversity in Arkansas. Founded in 1996, the Society, which is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, provides programs demonstrating aspects of the culture of Ireland for the education of Arkansans, many of whom have ancestors from one of the seven Celtic nations.
About Saint Patrick
St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in the United States since the early 1700s. March 17th is honored as the anniversary of the death of St. Patrick. Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated as a holy day in Ireland. Early Irish immigrants to the United States took the day to celebrate their roots and their homeland. Today, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.St. Patrick was the son of a Roman official, Calpurnius, living probably in Wales. As a boy of sixteen, Patrick was captured by raiders and sold to an Irish chieftain, Milchu. He spent years in slavery. He escaped following a dream in which a voice told him a ship would be waiting to take him to his own country. After a journey of 200 miles he found the ship, and was eventually able to return to his family. One night, in a dream, he heard voices calling him back to Ireland. The year 432 is the traditional date for Patrick’s return to Ireland.Irish annals give the date of Patrick’s death as 493, but an earlier date of 461 seems more likely. Tradition says he died at Saul and was buried at nearby Downpatrick.
(From A Little Book of Celtic Saints by Martin Wallace, illustrated by Ann MacDuff)