St Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria

Saint Patricks Day commemorates Saint Patrick and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland as well as the heritage and culture of the Irish in general.  The Old Town Alexandria Saint Patricks Day parade is a day of family fun watching and participating in multiple floats representing the varied cultures and interests around our community.  From the different classic car drivers and dog clubs to huge singing and dancing exhibitions from the Scottish and Irish community groups among others. Since Old Town Alexandria was founded by Irish and Scottish immigrants (predominantly), the parade, for their descendants, is a celebration of not only Old Town Alexandria, but their family ties and some things Irish and Scottish (Whiskey, Beer and Bagpipes).

The parade gets going around noon with the car and dog processions, commencing at the corner of Alfred and King streets and continuing east on King Street to the Potomac.

There were plenty of lucky leprechauns along the way handing out candy, trinkets and the occasional green beaded necklace.

Hope you had as much fun as we did. And if you missed it, mark your calendars for next year.

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