Sacramento’s 21st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade was held on Saturday, March 18, in Old Sacramento, a national historic landmark district. Saint Patrick is the well-known patron saint of Ireland, and Irish or not Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the globe. The Sacramento parade was one of over 300 Saint Patrick’s Day Parades held around the world according to St.PatricksDay.com.
It was cloudy and a bit overcast – but otherwise a nice day for a parade. I felt a drop or two prior to the start of the parade but it did not rain.
I made sure to arrive an hour before the parade began at 1:00 p.m. as the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade always draws a good-sized crowd. Earlier might have even been better.
There were performers in the streets beforehand to start getting the crowd in a festive mood. The Element Brass Band strolled around the cobbled streets playing lively music. I also stopped for a bit to watch the youngest students of the McKeever School of Irish Dance display their coordinated dance steps. A local Girl Scout troop, who also participated in the parade, appeared to be doing a brisk business selling Girl Scout cookies to the crowd before the parade.
The parade route was Front Street, J Street, 2nd Street and back to the starting point via L Street to the finish. It was announced beforehand that there were over 1,000 participants in the parade.
I situated myself on Front Street near K Street where various groups, including the Capital Cheer Elite Storm, paused to perform their moves. The announcer at that location provided the spectators with information about each of the participating groups.
Also participating in the parade were various car clubs, cultural organizations such as the Shamrock Club of Sacramento, a large contingent of cute kids twirling their batons, fire trucks (antique and new), historic reenactors, horses, etc.
The parade lasted a little over an hour. It was a nice way to spend part of the day – not only watching the parade but also people-watching.
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