City of Delray Beach St Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade [Cancelled]

The City of Delray Beach’s 52nd Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade kicks off at 11am on Saturday, March 14, 2020 on the grounds of Old School Square.  The parade will run along Atlantic Avenue from the intracoastal bridge to NW/SW 5th Avenue. Spectators are invited to watch the parade on both the North and South sides of Atlantic Avenue.  The parade runs from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. followed by the festival at Old School Square.  The City of Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Festival will host live music, vendors, food trucks, merchandise, games, bounce houses, and a Pipes and Drums performance!

UPDATE 3-17-2021: Postponed until MARCH 12, 2022

UPDATE 3-11-2020:

As a precautionary measure to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, the City of Delray Beach has cancelled the 2020 St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, which had been planned for this Saturday, March 14th. City officials and parade organizers have considered multiple factors when making the decision to cancel the event, which draws thousands of people each year to the city’s downtown area. The health and well-being of our residents and visitors remains the City’s top priority.

Numerous factors have led to this difficult decision after thoughtful consideration. Today, the World Health Organization has declared the coronavirus a pandemic. The City also received notice today from numerous vendors and the parade’s media sponsor that they will be withdrawing from participating in the event with more vendors likely to cancel before Saturday. In addition, more than 30 senior CERT volunteers have declined to work the event out of health concerns, hampering the City’s logistics efforts.

The situation in Europe and other locations outside of Palm Beach County has worsened and multiple parade participants are coming in from other countries, states and counties where coronavirus is more active. Nearby counties (Broward and Collier) have had new cases within the last 48 hours. Broward County has declared a state of emergency, as did the State of Florida. Nearby parades have been cancelled, including Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood, as well as in major cities nationwide.

Entertainment Schedule

  • 11:00 am – 1:45 pm  Seven Nations (Celtic band) on Main Stage at Old School Square
  • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm The Parade along Atlantic Avenue
  • 4:15 pm – 8:00 pm Live Music and Festivities at Old School Square

A Little Bit of History

In 2010 the parade theme changed to pay tribute to the International Emergency Services community (Firefighters, Police, Paramedics).

The parade is a 501c3 non-profit organization providing exciting entertainment for the entire parade weekend. This year, the parade has partnered with Honor Flight, with more than 60 WWII Veterans leading the parade on Saturday afternoon.

From Miami up to Martin County, twelve fire department ladder trucks from twelve different Florida municipalities represent their communities by pairing up in two’s and hanging six flags across the parade street for all to pass under that creates a magnificent civic work of art. To date the parade has been host to uniformed personnel from many countries including Canada, Ireland, Belgium, Australia, and across the continental United States.


More information

Visit the official website at

Updates and discussion can be found on the Facebook Event Page.

Photo credit: Georgia Handy


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Date(s) - 03/11/2016 - 03/12/2016
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Old School Square 51 N Swinton Ave, Delray Beach, FL, 33444, Palm Beach