The Vancouver St Patrick’s Day Parade will take place Sunday, March 16, 2014 at 11:00am in downtown Vancouver. As a part of CelticFest Vancouver, the 10th annual parade will be surrounded by activities and free family fun.
Happy celebrants, parade-goers and participants alike join the fun at the parade. Folks dress up in green, sometimes donning downright outrageous garb, just to watch! Up to 200,000 spectators are expected to attend and cheer on thousands of parade participants: colourfully-costumed revelers, award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, marching Colour Guard, Irish & Scottish dancers, sports groups, car clubs and vintage vehicles, mounted police, roving entertainers, resplendent floats, diverse community and cultural groups, celebrities, and more!
Vancouver St Patrick’s Day Parade Route
The Vancouver St Patrick’s Day Parade begins at Howe and Davie Streets at 11:00am and proceeds north on Howe to Georgia Street, ending at Georgia and Granville.
Vancouver St Patrick’s Day Parade Road Closures
Throughout the weekend, Granville between Robson and Nelson will be closed to vehicle traffic. On Sunday, March 16th, the following additional streets will be closed to vehicle traffic:
8:00am to 2:00pm
Howe Street from Davie to the Granville Bridge; all southbound traffic on Granville Bridge and Granville (except buses) from Davie to West 4th; Drake, one block east and one block west of Howe and Davie.
10:00am to 2:00pm
Howe Street, from Davie to Georgia; Georgia from Hornby Street to Seymour; Granville from Georgia to Pender.
Celtic Village and Street Market
After the parade, the Celtic Village and Street Market is the place to go. Located on Granville between Robson and Nelson — and in Robson Square — the Village features free concerts throughout the day from great Celtic bands at Mahony & Sons Music Stage and the CelticFest Community Stage at Robson Square. There will be community dance groups, the Penny Whistle Party, the Bohdrán Drum Circle among other great performances. The Street Market will have artisan and craft booths and food vendors. The CelticFest Workshops at Tom Lee Music will also be open.
The Celtic Village and Street Market will be open on Saturday, March 15th from 11:00am until 6:00pm and on Sunday, March 16th (Parade Day) from 10:00am to 5:00pm.
CelticFest Program Guides are available at participating Lower Mainland Starbucks. Check out the CelticFest Passport Contest to enter to win a trip to Ireland and follow CelticFest Vancouver on Facebook and Twitter.