St. Patrick’s parade is Saturday, March 14; event dates to 1843
The 140 units in the Irish celebration step off at noon on Wisconsin Ave. at Old World Third Street
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held in downtown Milwaukee at noon Saturday, March 14. The parade steps off on Wisconsin Ave. at Old World Third Street and will wind its way through the streets of downtown Milwaukee.
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin and the Westown Association, along with Killian’s Irish Stout, are collaborating on Wisconsin’s oldest and largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin is celebrating its 49th anniversary of producing the parade, but the event actually dates back to 1843. It predates the incorporation of the State of Wisconsin and the City of Milwaukee. Milwaukee’s parade is the sixth oldest in the nation.
This year’s parade will feature over 140 units including Irish dance groups, pipe and drum corps and local celebrities and dignitaries. The Friends of St. Patrick, in partnership with the Hunger Task Force, will collect non-perishable food donations during the parade. Volunteers will walk the parade route with grocery carts collecting the donated food items.
Along with the parade, the Westown Association has planned various other entertainment and celebrations. The schedule is as follows:
- The Shops of Grand Avenue, Center Court: Saturday, March 14: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Frogwater
- ShamROCK in Westown: Friday, March 13, 5:30 -11 p.m., including a St. Patrick’s Kick-Off Party at Miller Time Pub & Grill, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., with entertainment by Ian Gould & Pat McCurdy. Free admission.
- Thirtieth annual St. Patrick Mass: Saturday, March 14, 8:30 a.m., St. Patrick’s Church, 723 W Washington St.
- Shamrock Club Post-Parade Party: Saturday, March 14, 1-6 p.m. Milwaukee’s largest family parade-day party is held at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center, 2133 W. Wisconsin Ave., with four stages of entertainment. $2 admission (children 10 and younger free). Food and beverages.
For more information, see the event’s web site at www.saintpatricksparade.org.