St. Augustine's St. Patrick's Parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Francis Field. Each year, the parade starts the two main days of the Celtic Music and Cultural Heritage Festival, always held on the weekend before St. Patrick's Day.
America's Oldest City claims the honor of holding the first St. Patrick's Day celebration and parade. In 1600, troops shot cannons and guns on the historically religious holiday in an impromptu event to honor of a popular local Irish priest. In 1601 the community held the world's first recorded St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The 2023 Parade Grand Marshal was Pie in the Sky, a local charity devoted to providing fresh foods to area seniors.
From Francis Field, the parade heads toward the bayfront on Orange Street, turning right onto South Castillo Drive. They turn right, again onto Cathedral Place and return to Francis Field via Cordova Street.
A spectacle of floats, marching bands, pipes and drums, horse-drawn carriages, military units, and local community groups, the St. Augustine St. Patrick's Day Parade is the only St. Patrick's Day Parade in Northeast Florida.
Parade registration opens in the November prior to the celebration. Visit here to register to participate in the parade or for more information.
Admission: This event is free to view along the sidewalks of the parade route.
When: 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2024.
Where: The parade begins at Francis Field and follows this route:
Parking and Shuttle Services for 2023
Parking is available at the downtown parking garage right next to Francis Field.
Additionally, the City of St. Augustine will operate a Free Park and Ride Shuttle Service on Saturdays during spring festival season. The service runs from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2023. The shuttle service picks up every 20 minutes from two parking locations north of downtown: