Are you ready to get your green groove on? Don your fave shade of green as this seems to be the theme among local events the next few weeks. We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day so check out a couple of St. Patty’s Day parades, go for a run or just enjoy some good ol’ leprechaun fun! There are plenty of family friendly St. P options in the DMV!

Photo: Chrisinphilly5448 via flickr

Annapolis Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
Annapolis celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a parade in Historic Annapolis featuring more than 90 floats with participation by many local organizations. The city celebrates Irish Week with ten days of events including music, an Irish Coffee competition, and more. This year the beneficiary for the event is the Veteran’s non-profit charity, Warrior Events.

When: Mar. 10 at 1 p.m.
Where: West Gate Circle, Along West Street, down Main Street to City Dock

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Kennedy Center
What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with The Washington Chorus and their Irish conductor Christopher Bell? The stage of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall will feature an Irish band, fiddlers, dancers, pipe players, and choral arrangements of Irish classics in a one-of-a-kind concert.

When: Mar. 17 from 3 p.m.5 p.m.
Where: Kennedy Center / 2700 F St., NW

Photo: Giuseppe Milo via flickr

Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The City of Gaithersburg, in partnership with the Harp and Shamrock Society, will host a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade at Rio Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, MD. The Parade includes state and local officials, Gaithersburg Police, Irish dancers, pipe bands, fire trucks, equestrian units, and much more. After the end of the parade at noon, there is live entertainment on the lakefront plaza until 2 p.m.

Date: Mar. 16 at 10 a.m.
Where: Rio Boulevard & Grand Corner Avenue

Photo: Eden, Janine and Jim via flickr

Manassas Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
The City of Manassas will host a Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Town with pipe bands including the Alexandria Pipe and Drums, Irish dance groups, members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and other area groups and organizations.

When: Mar. 9 at 11 a.m.
Where: The parade can be viewed along Center Street in Old Town Manassas.

National Shamrock Fest
The largest Saint Patrick’s Day party in the region features Irish food, drinks, craft vendors, an Irish Village, carnival rides and games, and more than 30 bands and DJs on five stages.

When: Mar. 23 at 11 a.m.
Where: RFK Stadium 2400 E Capitol St SE (DC)

—Guiomar Ochoa




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