Growing to be Annapolis’ biggest parade as far as spectators and entrants, the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Parade enters its fifth year as the city’s top public event. The parade raises money for several local charities, including Jennifer’s Journey for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland, The Ancient Order of Hibernians (Annapolis Chapter), and Warrior Events, the official beneficiaries of 2017. Taking place on Sunday, March 5th at 1:00 p.m., the parade promises to be a wonderful event celebrating Annapolis’ Irish heritage.
Organizer and Performers
Former Marine John O’Leary has energetically organized the Annapolis St. Patrick’s Parade since its inaugural event in 2013 as part of the city’s Irish Week festivities. Many bars, restaurants, and stores customarily offer specials during the celebrations. O’Leary brings marching bands and other performers locally and from throughout North America to entertain at the parade every year.
In 2016, the Royal Canadian Air Force Pipes and Drums came all the way from Ottawa, Canada. Two bands featured firefighters: FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums from New York City and DCFD Emerald Society Pipes and Drums from Washington, D.C. 2017 will certainly include the area’s marching bands and popular local regulars like the U.S. Naval Academy Pipes and Drums, comprised of Annapolis’ kilt-wearing midshipmen. Also participating are dancers from the region’s Irish dance schools as well as Irish-themed floats built by Annapolitan businesses and associations.
Parade Route & Information
The parade starts at Amos Garrett Blvd, makes a right turn onto West Street, travels clockwise around Church Circle and out Main St., down Main Street toward Randall/Compromise Circle, then clockwise around Randall/Compromise Circle, and exits traffic circle via Randall Street.
For more information: ANNAPOLIS ST. PATRICK’S PARADE
2017 Annapolis St. Patrick’s Hooley
Hooley is a word of Irish origin defined by Oxford Dictionary as “a wild or noisy party.” Organized by Naptown Events, the 2017 Annapolis St. Patrick’s Hooley will be a fun happening that will kick off the city’s Irish Week on the eve of the parade.
Location: Annapolis Waterfront Hotel
Address: 80 Compromise St., Annapolis, MD 21401
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
For more information and tickets: ANNAPOLIS ST. PATRICK’S HOOLEY
An Inn Near Hooley & Parade
The Annapolis Waterfront Hotel is less than half a mile away from Gibson’s Lodgings, a historic inn located in downtown Annapolis. Call us to reserve your room at our toll free number 877-330-0057. We’ll be very happy to serve you and your family throughout the year.