Vancouver St Patrick’s Day Parade

Comments 1 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The St Patrick’s Day Parade has been CelticFest Vancouver’s most popular event for the last 12 years! Taking place in Downtown Vancouver on March 13th, the parade will feature marching pipe and drum bands, Celtic music groups, acrobats, drill teams, Irish and Scottish youth dance groups, and many others.

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Vancouver St Patrick’s Day Parade

  • When: Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 11:00am
  • Where: Howe Street and from Davie, proceeding north on Howe to Georgia Street, ending at Georgia and Granville Streets.
  • Road Closures: Howe , from Davie to Georgia
    Georgia from Hornby to Seymour
    Granville from Georgia to Pender
    Additionally, Throughout the weekend, Granville between Robson & Nelson will be closed to vehicle traffic for the Celtic Village & Street Market.


Join thousands of happy spectators lining the route to cheer on 2000+ parade participants. They’ll include award-winning pipe and drum bands, Celtic musicians, Scottish and Irish dancers, acrobats, stilt walkers, vintage cars, the Vancouver police motorcycle drill team and pipe band, fire and police dogs, mounted horse drill teams, multi-cultural organizations and performers, local businesses, distinguished guests, and lots more.

Celtic Village

After the parade, the Celtic Village is the place to go. On the weekend of March 12-13, The Celtic Village returns to Granville Street between Robson & Nelson with music, dance, fun and frolic, food — and great shopping.

  • When: Saturday, March 12, 2016: 11:00am to 6:00pm
    Sunday March 13, 2016: 10:00am to 5:00pm

This free street fair features performances by some of BC’s finest Celtic music groups on Doolin’s Music Stage at Granville & Robson. Folks can hear the rich harmonies of Blackthorn, the passionate, smoky vocals and Celtic-fuelled sounds of the Pat Chessell Band, Nova Scotia’s Sarah Ann Chisholm, more than a pint of fervor and charm from The Clanns, fiery young folk quartet Elsay, Nova Scotia’s fiddle, singing, step-dancing sensation Mairi Rankin, and the lively and energetic West Coast Fiddlers.

Look for the captivating antics of street performers: The Green Man can be found delighting passersby in the Village, and Academie Duello will be back to showcase historical sword play in action! Tom Lee Music Hall on Granville will also host a series of free CelticFest Performances and Workshops.

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  1. AprilhannahifyMonday, March 14th, 2016 — 11:08am PDT

    Using theses list more and more. Thank you so much for posting them. It it really nice to have a running list of everything going on in this awesome city.

    I am working hard to be a Youtuber who showcases our amazing city!

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