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!

Ballyshaners - St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Learn More
Ballyshaners - St. Patrick's Day Parade

Attend Our Summer Festival

Learn More
Ballyshaners - St. Patrick's Day Parade

More Ballyshaners' Events

Learn More

Upcoming Events

2023 St. Patrick's Day Parade Applications

Applications for the 2023 Parade are NOW OPEN! The Ballyshaners are pleased to offer this tribute to Irish culture and heritage for over 40 years in Old Town.

Ballyshaners Meetings

Learn more about our upcoming Membership Meetings.

Support The Ballyshaners

If you would like to make a donation, please click the button below. Thanks for your interest and generosity.