St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in Fort Lauderdale

When

03/16/2024    
10:30 am - 7:00 pm

Where

Las Olas Intracoastal Promenade Park
80 Las Olas Cir., Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316

Event Type

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It’s time to, once again, paint the town green! On Saturday, March 16 2024, the much beloved annual Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival marches into a new location on Fort Lauderdale Beach! Presented by The Law Firm of Kelley/Uustal, this free event has grown into one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest and most anticipated festivals, attracting thousands of spectators for a one-of-a-kind celebration of all things Irish. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever, highlighted by a colorful parade, live music, exciting activities and great entertainment.

Parade

Festivities will continue throughout the morning with live music and entertainment, and plenty of fun and games for the kids. The official welcome from Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis will take place at 11 a.m., followed by a traditional Irish Blessing. Then, it’s time for the largest St. Patrick’s Parade in South Florida. The St. Patrick’s Parade will feature more than 100 decorative floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, street performers, scout troops, local sports teams, Veterans groups, and much more!

  • 2024 Parade will travel east along Las Olas Boulevard from Huizenga Plaza to SE 9th Avenue

Festival

Following the parade, stick around for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which is at an all-new location this year at Tunnel Top Plaza (intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and SE 6th Avenue).

Highlights will include live bands, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, cultural attractions and an expanded Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, gigantic slides, pony rides, a trackless train, face painting, a petting zoo and mechanical rides. Featured performers will include the  Kelly Academy of Irish Dance, Bangers & Mash, Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance, Drake School of Irish Dance and headlining with Wide Awake, a tribute to U2. Highlights of the day’s festivities will also include exhibitor booths, arts and crafts, souvenirs, and plenty of Irish food and beverages.

Entertainment Schedule 2024

Saturday 

10:00 am Festival Opens at Tunnel Top Plaza (Las Olas Boulevard and SE 6th Avenue)
12:00 pm Parade Begins A1A
1:30 pm Mayor’s Welcome/Irish Blessings Main Stage
1:45 p.m. Bangers & Mash (Band)
3:00 p.m. Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance
3:30 p.m. Police Pipe & Drum Band
4:20 p.m. Kelly School of Irish Dance
5:00 p.m. Drake School of Irish Dance
5:30 p.m. Wide Awake (U2 Tribute Band)

Street Striping on Friday

Street Striping will take place the day before the festival at Tunnel Top Plaza, Las Olas Boulevard and SE 6th Ave, 4:30 – 5 PM.

More information

Visit www.parks.fortlauderdale.gov/special-events/special-events/st-patrick-s-parade-and-festival

Admission is FREE. Parking will be available at the nearby multi-story parking garage.