Vancouver is all set to celebrate Celtic culture at the annual Celtic Fest, March 10-17. The biggest event of the week-long festival is the free St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 13.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11am and will follow the same route as in 2015, beginning on Howe and Davie, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.
Join thousands of happy spectators lining the route to cheer on 2000+ parade participants. They’ll include award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and pipe band, fire and police dogs, mounted horse drill teams, multi-cultural organizations and performers, local businesses, distinguished guests, and lots more.
After the parade, visit the Celtic Village! All weekend long, March 12-13, there’s free Celtic entertainment and workshops, along with a lively street market and food booths at Celtic Village & Street Market on Granville Street between Nelson & Robson in downtown Vancouver.
Saturday March 12, 2016 : 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday March 13, 2016 : 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
On the March 12-13 weekend, the Celtic Village and Street Market returns to Granville Street between Robson & Nelson with music, dance, fun and frolic, food — and great shopping, too! This FREE street fair features performances by some of BC’s finest Celtic music groups, local dance troupes and other entertainers on the Doolin’s Stage on Granville. Tom Lee Music on Granville hosts FREE performances and fascinating workshops over the weekend, and kids of all ages will enjoy the sword play, face painting and visits from The Green Man in the Celtic Kids’ Corner. Village visitors can also shop at Celtic artisan booths and sample from a range of delicious food options.
Doolin’s Music Stage
All weekend long, there’s sparkling Celtic music to listen, sing along or dance to – and all of it is free!
On Doolin’s Music Stage in the Celtic Village, folks can hear the rich harmonies of Blackthorn, the passionate, smoky vocals and Celtic-fuelled sounds of the Pat Chessell Band, Nova Scotia’s Sarah Ann Chisholm, more than a pint of fervor and charm from The Clanns, fiery young folk quartet Elsay, Nova Scotia’s fiddle, singing, step-dancing sensation Mairi Rankin, and the lively and energetic West Coast Fiddlers.
Last modified: March 10, 2016