Holiday

Dogtown St. Patrick's Day Parade

When: Sun., March 17, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. 2019

The Dogtown St. Patrick's Day parade will return once again to the streets on March 17 and, for the second year in a row, will feature an early start time. One year ago, the Dogtown parade began at 10 a.m. after it fell on the same day as the downtown parade (historically held on the Saturday before the holiday). Since March 17 is a Sunday this year, the two events avoided the fate, yet the Dogtown parade will still make an effort to stay family friendly with an 11 a.m. start time. The reason? Last year’s parade went so smoothly, says organizer Jim Mohan of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Over the years, Mohan has seen many adults return to the parade after decades of attending as children. Organizers want that same experience to continue and hope that moving the parade up from the traditional 12:30 p.m. beginning will provide a more inclusive (read: not quite so alcohol-fueled) space. Organizers don’t want to eliminate the fun of St. Patrick’s Day with an early start time, Mohan stresses. “We’re not trying to be killjoys, but as Hibernians but we want to emphasize the Hibernian nature of the parade,” he says. Instead, Mohan hopes that the earlier start time can provide a space for everyone to get something out of the event. Food, drinks and T-shirts from Dogtown-based businesses will follow the parade, along with live music. “We wanted to bring the neighborhood more into this,” Mohan says. “We wanted them to feel like this was their event too.”

Benjamin Simon

Price: free admission