St. Patrick’s Day in Saint Paul: Guide to the Parade

St. Patrick’s Day in Saint Paul: Guide to the Parade

No one does St. Patrick’s Day like Saint Paul, and while it will look a bit different this year, Saint Paul's Irish will still celebrate on March 17

In place of the traditional parade, the St. Patrick's Association is hosting the 2021 Irish Mask-arade, a drive-thru event providing would-be parade goers a fun St. Patrick's Day alternative. The "reverse parade" has attendees traveling through the route to see stationary parade units. All advanced reservations are sold out, but you can participate virtually via a live broadcast on the St. Pat's Association Facebook page starting at Noon. 


2021 Irish MASK-arade: A Drive-Thru St. Patrick's Day Celebration presented by the St. Patrick's Association.

Saint Paul's Irish spirit will be on display, with stations including Miss Shamrock and Mr. Pat, Irish Dignitaries, Grand Marshals, local parade sponsors as well as Irish entertainment to include Irish dancers, bagpipers and more. 


Noon, St. Patrick’s Day - March 17, 2021
(unless it falls on a Holy Day or a Sunday)


The MASK-arade is taking place in the old Sears Building parking lot, but if you didn't get an advanced reservation, plan to particpate virtually on the St. Pat's Association Facebook page


Because we love celebrating our city’s Irish roots. The Saint Patrick’s Association has been sponsoring the parade since 1967 - and while the parade isn't the same this year, they are excited to offer a fun alternative to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The association is a nonprofit comprised of volunteers who support the celebration of Irish heritage and encourage families to embrace the long-standing tradition. Learn more about Saint Paul’s Irish history here.


In addition to the drive-thru event, the St. Patrick’s Association is selling commemorative buttons to raise funds for the parade and local charities. Each button comes with a chance to enter a drawing to win $1,500. You can buy buttons, festive face masks, and a “Pot-O-Gold” package that includes a button, face mask, tattoos, beads, gold coins and more, online.

How will you be celebrating St. Paddy's Day in Saint Paul this year? Let us know us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL.

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