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. 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, and we host fundraisers and other social events throughout the year.

Our Ballyshaners Events Through The Year!

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Saint Patrick's Day Parade

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Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Celebration

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More Ballyshaners' Events

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Upcoming Events

Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Festival

We are pleased to present the 2022 Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Festival on Saturday, September 17th.

Ballyshaners Meetings

Learn more about our upcoming Membership Meetings.

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