Get ready to don green and shake your shamrocks. The annual Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns Sunday, March 17. The parade is the culmination of CelticFest Vancouver – a nine day celebration of Celtic food, drink, music, dancing and more.
The annual parade is free to attend, as are many CelticFest events. Yes, you’ll have to venture out of Kits. This city-wide party draws folks from every neighbourhood. In fact, festival organizers estimate more than 300,000 locals will line the parade route to cheer on 2000 parade participants, including award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the VPD motorcycle drill team, Irish wolfhounds, mounted horse drill teams and much more.
The Vancouver St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11am on Sunday, March 17 on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets. Check out this parade route map for more info. We don’t recommend driving.
For families, Celtic Village on Granville has a free, interactive Kids Zone March 16-17, with face painting and sword demos.