It’s time to paint the town green! On Saturday, March 14, the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival marches into downtown featuring fun and excitement for the entire family! Presented by The Law Firm of Kelley/Uustal, the 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.
UPDATE 3-11-2020: After serious consideration and in an abundance of caution, the City of Fort Lauderdale has made the difficult decision to cancel the St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival and related activities. These include the St. Patrick’s kickoff event that was scheduled for Friday, March 13, as well as the Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 14. [More Info]
The pageantry and excitement kicks off at Huizenga Plaza (Las Olas and Andrews Avenue) at 7 a.m. with the Shamrock Run, a 4-mile trek down Las Olas Boulevard and through adjacent neighborhoods. The Shamrock 4-Miler will be immediately followed by a series of “Lucky Little Leprechaun Dashes” for kids. To register, visit www.shamrock-run.com.
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. on the Huizenga Plaza stage, 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 begins at noon and travels west along Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 5 Avenue through the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The colorful 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!
Mark Shotwell, Retired Homicide Detective with Ft. Lauderdale Police Department has been named the Grand Marshall for 2020.
Following the parade, stick around for the St. Patrick’s Festival, which runs until 7 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk. 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 Celtic Sounds with Johnnie D, Kelly Academy of Irish Dance, the Fenians, Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance, Celtic Bridge, Drake School of Irish Dance and more.
At 6 p.m., get ready for the ultimate U2 experience as the City of Fort Lauderdale welcomes U2BYUV to the St. Patrick’s Festival for a return engagement! Led by front man Michael Schmidt, this nationally acclaimed group will leave fans speechless with their honest, authentic
performances. The band’s intense, action-packed sets feature U2 favorites ranging from the early days of “Boy” to “Songs of Innocence” and everything in between.
Highlights of the day’s festivities will also include exhibitor booths, arts and crafts, souvenirs, and plenty of Irish food and beverages.
Finally, don’t miss the best kickoff celebration in town as the City of Fort Lauderdale presents the “Irish Party in Park” on Friday evening from 4 – 7 pm at Huizenga Plaza. The free kickoff event will feature an Irish Happy Hour, live bands, the official introduction of the St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal, an event preview, line dancing, the legendary striping of the street, and special appearances by a bagpiper and the “World’s Tallest Leprechaun!”
Entertainment Schedule 2019 [Awaiting New Schedule for 2020]
9:00 am – Celtic Sounds with Johnnie D
NOON – PARADE BEGINS
1:30pm – Pipe Band
2:00 pm – Kelly Academy of Irish Dance
2:30 pm – The Fenians
3:30 pm – Aranmore Academy of Irish Dance
4:00pm – Celtic Tribe
5:30 pm – Drake School of Irish Dance
6:00 pm – U2 by UV (U2 Tribute band)
A Pre-Festival Festival on Friday
The City of Fort Lauderdale presents “Irish Party in Park” on Friday from 4 – 7 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza. This free St. Patrick’s kickoff event will feature an Irish Happy Hour, live bands, the official introduction of the St. Patrick’s Parade Grand Marshal, an event preview, line dancing, the legendary striping of the street by Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis, and special appearances by a bagpiper and the “World’s Tallest Leprechaun!”
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Admission is FREE. A Special $5 Flat-Rate Parking will be available in designated lots during specific hours.
Date(s) - 03/14/2020
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Huizenga Plaza 32 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301