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Fredericksburg St Patricks Parade 2017

Written on February 10, 2016

Fredericksburg St Patricks Parade 2017

Saturday March 11, 2017 at 11.00 – 3.00pm

The 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade steps off at NOON includes fire trucks, classic cars, high school marching band (maybe), community organizations, Irish dancers, horses, local pageant winners, and the Easter bunny!. Parade starts at noon and  ends at Blue & Gray Brewing. Food and beer services begins out at the brewery at 11am Following the parade, Irish songs and Irish dancers. Shamrock facepainter. 11:00am-2pm corned beef sandwiches OUTSIDE for $7.00 ). Proceeds from food sales benefit local Volunteer Fire & Rescue Dept’s. $3.00 hot dogs for kids. Visit historic railroad cars of the Rappahannock Chapter – NRHS on site beginning 10:00am.

Ample parking.  This event is in the Spotsylvania County Business Park, a mile from downtown Fredericksburg.  The brewpub on site has a full Irish menu INSIDE on the 14th too. $7 sandwiches OUTSIDE ONLY.

There are several accounts of Saint Patrick’s death. One says that Patrick died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, on March 17, 460 A.D. His jawbone was preserved in a silver shrine and was often requested in times of childbirth, epileptic fits, and as a preservative against the “evil eye.” Another account says that St. Patrick ended his days at Glastonbury, England and was buried there. The Chapel of St. Patrick still exists as part of Glastonbury Abbey. Today, many Catholic places of worship all around the world are named after St. Patrick, including cathedrals in New York and Dublin city

A toast for St Patrick’s Day, “May the roof above us never fall in, and may we friends beneath it never fall out.”

Saint Patrick’s Day?
Saint Patrick’s Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick’s Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

Why is it celebrated on March 17th? One theory is that that is the day that St. Patrick died. Since the holiday began in Ireland, it is believed that as the Irish spread out around the world, they took with them their history and celebrations. The biggest observance of all is, of course, in Ireland. With the exception of restaurants and pubs, almost all businesses close on March 17th. Being a religious holiday as well, many Irish attend mass, where March 17th is the traditional day for offering prayers for missionaries worldwide before the serious celebrating begins.

In American cities with a large Irish population, St. Patrick’s Day is a very big deal. Big cities and small towns alike celebrate with parades, “wearing of the green,” music and songs, Irish food and drink, and activities for kids such as crafts, coloring and games. Some communities even go so far as to dye rivers or streams green!