Sacramento St Patrick’s Day Parade 2017
Written on January 28, 2016
Saturday, March 18th at 1pm
Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations all join together to be a part of the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 18, 2017. The parade steps off promptly at 1:00 p.m. from Neasham and Front Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district.
Over 50 units with nearly 1,000 marchers will be featured in the parade. Irish dancers in elaborate Celtic costumes, bagpipers, bands, military regiments, police and fire representatives, costumed marchers and a variety of cultural organizations bring the luck of the Irish to the event. The parade draws people from all over Northern California, bringing together thousands in the 28-acre historic site. Last year more than 15,000 people turned out to enjoy the festivities.
The day will include entertainment and activities starting at 12:00pm.
All Old Sacramento streets will not allow parking until 3:00pm and will be closed to traffic from noon to 3:00 p.m. Parking can be found in one of three convenient garages: Old Sacramento Garage (2nd & I), Tower Garage (Capitol & Neasham), and Macy’s West (3rd & L).
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.