Celebrate a Great Fort Lauderdale Tradition!
The St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival on March 8
Event to Feature Floats, Music & Entertainment for the Entire Family
Saturday, March 8, 2014
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard
spd1Get ready to paint the town green! On Saturday, March 8, 2014, the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival marches into downtown!
The free St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival has quickly grown into one of Fort Lauderdale’s largest and most anticipated events, attracting spectators to the streets of downtown 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, great food and outstanding entertainment.
The pageantry and excitement will begin on Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m. with a traditional Irish Blessing at Huizenga Plaza, located at Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue. Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler will deliver opening remarks, which will be followed by the running of the 3rd Annual Leprechaun Leap, a family fun run that will feature parents and children clad in green racing down Las Olas Boulevard to kick off the festivities.
The Parade will travel west along Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 5th Avenue to Las Olas Riverfront.
The parade will include decorative floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, street performers, scout troops, the Miami Dolphins, Veterans groups, and elected officials.
Following the parade, the St. Patrick’s Festival will continue until 7:00 p.m. at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk. Festival highlights will include live music, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, stilt walkers, leprechauns, cultural exhibits, and plenty of your favorite Irish food and beverages. The event will also feature live performances from popular Irish bands. Children will love the festival’s expanded Kids Zone with bounce houses, train rides, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, balloon artists, interactive games and much more!
Street Striping
Friday, March 7, 2014 at noon
Huizenga Plaza, 32 E. Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler will renew a legendary St. Patrick’s Day tradition when he paints a green stripe on Las Olas Boulevard to ceremoniously mark the route for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.