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Naples St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

Written on January 28, 2016

2017 Naples 40th Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

The 41st St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Naples will take place at: 11:00 am Saturday March 11, 2017. 

“Céad mile fáilte romhat! We invite you to attend and support Naples’ premier winter event — The 40th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be held on Saturday March 11, 2017  in Downtown Naples.

Forty years ago a group of fun-loving Neapolitan’s got together and decided to have a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Through the hard work of many volunteers and the generous support of patrons like you, the Parade has prospered in the decades since.

It is now the largest privately-funded Parade in the state. It draws over 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish culture in America.

Be sure to join us for the traditional flag rasing ceremony at Crayton Cove at 9:30 a.m. to kick off the parade. Once again, as organizers of The Florida Naples Parade, we are working hard to put together the 2015 Parade and events. Since its start in 1978, the Parade has grown in leaps and bounds!

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.