Can you believe it's already almost St. Paddy's Day? Get on your green garb, grab a beer and prepare to toast to the Irish at the annual San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival, making its way back to Balboa Park on Saturday, March 11, with festivities from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The beer garden and opening ceremonies will kick off first thing in the morning, followed by the St. Paddy's-themed parade at 10:30 a.m. at Fifth Avenue and Laurel Street. Afterward, two stages will feature live entertainment throughout the duration of the festivities. Attendees can groove to tunes from The Shamrockers, Irish Rockin' Rebels, Pocket Whiskey Fellas, House of Scotland Pipe Band, Tony Cummins and several more.
Both American and traditional Irish foods will be offered throughout the grounds. Festivalgoers can try a special taste of Celtic flavors, with a Celtic Food Village featuring delicacies made by four local Irish chefs. Tickets for the Celtic food tastings will be available for purchase at $5 per item. As mentioned, there will also be a beer garden with Irish-style ales from Guinness.
The parade is family-friendly and geared toward all ages. Kids in attendance can hop on fair-style rides, get their faces painted and check out the children's art exhibit provided by South Bay Elementary students. The event is free.
For more information about the San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival, including parade route, musical lineup, food menus and more, visit stpatsparade.org.