Ballyshaners means "Old Towners"
in Gaelic, the Irish language

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, Alexandria, Virginia. The Parade is now well into its fourth decade and the number and variety of participants is greater than ever before. Our goal is to promote and preserve Irish Heritage.

The organization’s mission has grown to promoting and preserving Irish history and culture. Each summer, we host the Alexandria Irish Festival, featuring vendors, musicians and traditional Irish dancers.

Our Ballyshaners Events Through The Year!

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Saint Patrick's Day Parade

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Our Summer Irish Festival

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Upcoming Events

Ballyshaners Meetings

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