It has been three long years but, for the first time since the pandemic, the streets of uptown Charlotte will once again be awash with “the wearing of the green.” The Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns, live and in-person, on Saturday, March 11th.
Rory Wall, a longtime Charlotte resident and retired IBM employee, has taken over as the general chairman of the parade committee and he has ambitious long-term plans for the event. Wall says he’d like to see it become the biggest and best St. Patrick’s Day parade between New York City and Savannah, Georgia.
According to the Charlotte Observer, this year’s parade will feature various marching bands, including the Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band, drill teams, and a pack of majestic Irish Wolfhounds making their way down Tryon Street. The Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to run from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
The marching bands and giant dogs are only part of the fun. There will also be a day-long street festival with performances by Irish dancers and bands, craft vendors, and traditional Irish food and drink. You’ll find plenty of Guinness, Smithwick’s, and Harp beer to wash down your bangers and mash. The festival will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the intersection of Tryon and East 3rd.
You can find more information about the Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and street festival HERE. Don’t forget to wear your green!