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Roanoke St Patricks Parade

Written on February 10, 2016

Roanoke St Patricks Parade


McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival

Mark your calendars for the McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival in Downtown Roanoke.

McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Begins at 11am on Jefferson St. at Elm Ave., continues to Campbell Ave.and ends at Williamson Rd.

Shamrock Festival

Begins at noon behind the City Market Building and features:

12pm-1pm – Dancing Chicken Band

1:30pm-2:30pm – Funky Bones

3pm-5pm – Seven Mile Ford

McDonald’s Kid’s Zone

From 12pm to 5pm in two locations:

In front of the Taubman Museum of Art on Salem Avenue and in Market Square along Market Street. GAMES, INFLATABLES, FACE PAINTING, & MORE!

Plus the Corned Beef & Co. Celtic Celebration from 10am – 5pm featuring Second Wynde


Interested in becoming a vendor at the Shamrock Festival?

We’re looking for volunteers! Sign up here.

If you are interested in participating in our McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, please review, download and complete our Parade Application.

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!