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.


Sponsorship is an additional way to show your support for the Parade and help The Ballyshaners pay for the event’s many costs. Sponsorships are available at five levels.

Please show your support for this fantastic community event. Your tax-deductible donation can be made online here , or by mail to: Ballyshaners P.O. Box 320722 Alexandria VA 22320-4722.

Our Ballyshaners Events Through The Year!

Ballyshaners - St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saint Patrick's Day Parade

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Ballyshaners - St. Patrick's Day Parade

Our Summer Festival

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Ballyshaners - St. Patrick's Day Parade

More Ballyshaners' Events

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Upcoming Events

2024 Parade Fundraiser

Join us for a fun-filled fundraiser at Murphy's Irish Pub! We are going to provide a variety of games, a DJ, and there will be drink specials and light appetizers for all attendees.

Ballyshaners Meetings

Learn more about our upcoming Membership Meetings.

Support The Ballyshaners

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