Page last updated: March 14, 12:40PM
Who are we?
Ballyshaners means "Old Towners" in Gaelic, the
We are a non-profit,
non-sectarian, and non-partisan corporation organized exclusively for
charitable and educational purposes. All members of the
organization are volunteers and do not receive compensation
for their participation. Our goal is to promote and
preserve Irish Heritage. One way we do this is by
organizing and running the Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria and the Alexandria Irish Festival, in conjuction with the City of Alexandria.
The Ballyshaners, Inc., were
founded in 1980 by a small group of dedicated volunteers for the
explicit purpose of organizing a Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Old
Town. The Parade is now well into its fourth decade and the
number and variety of participants is greater than ever
Interested in Joining?
There are 2 ways to participate if you
1. Become a
All it takes is showing up at meetings. (We also
hope you will participate and have
From January until the St. Patrick's Day
Parade in March, the Ballyshaners meet every Wednesday. The
remainder of the year we meet once a month. Meetings are
typically held at 7:30 PM, and rotating locations in Alexandria.
If you join our mailing list, we will send you an announcement confirming the location of the next meeting. That information is also on the front page of this website, and on Facebook and Twitter the morning of the meeting.
2. If you have less free time, simply
volunteer for an event!
We hold several events every year in addition to the
Parade in March and the Festival in August.
We are always looking
for volunteers to help out. If you are interested in assisting
at an event, please contact us and let us
know how you would like to participate.
Check the How to Contact Us
page for contact information on becoming
a member or volunteer.