Hollywood St Patrick’s Day Parade
Written on January 28, 2016
Celebrate the Emerald Isle with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival on Hollywood Boulevard & Harrison Street in Downtown Hollywood, Florida
Downtown Hollywood, Parade Starts at 1:00 p.m. and goes on down Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street.
Celebrate the Emerald Isle with the 17th St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival on Hollywood Boulevard & Harrison Street in Downtown Hollywood, Florida!
Live Music, Kids Games and Crafts, Irish Food and Drink. For info call 954.921.3404
Each year the City of Hollywood and Hibernians of Hollywood team up to host this annual, free celebration of “all things Irish.” This year’s parade and festival will run from noon to 6:00 p.m.
Traditional Float Parade
The parade begins at 1 p.m. and will take place on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street between 19th and 21st Avenues. Radio personality Footy will emcee the parade featuring dozens of floats, local marching bands and spectacular bagpipe and drum corps including the famous New York Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Corps.
Parade Grand Marshal: Peggy Campbell
Stage at Hollywood Boulevard and 19th Avenue
Traditional Irish Entertainment
• Joe Dougherty
• Roving performances by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps
• UV – U2 Tribute Show
Magic of the Emerald Isle
Downtown’s Anniversary Park becomes a fantasy land with games & crafts for the little leprechauns!
Irish Food & Drink
Downtown restaurants will be offering festival specials including Irish favorites like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and green-colored drinks!
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.
The most important element of Saint Patrick’s Day, after mass, is the Saint Patrick’s Day Parades. Over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades around the world celebrate this famous Saint Patrick’s Day .
The beating heart of these Saint Patrick’s Day Parades are the Pipe Bands with their stirring music & powerful presence.