Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia - The Ballyshaners, Inc.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

March 2nd, 2024 at 12:15 pm

The Ballyshaners 41st Alexandria Saint Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Residents and tourists were encouraged to come early to enjoy the events at one of the DC area's finest parades. All events are free to the public.

Alexandria boasts the first St. Patrick's Day Parade in the DC area. Traditionally, this parade is held the first Saturday in March, and serves to attract the finest entries. The parade normally features pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups, and a host of other performers and entertainment. It's a fantastic day to spend with family or friends!

Saint Patrick's Day Parade in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia - The Ballyshaners, Inc.

The parade officially starts at the corner of King Street and (From Alfred to Asaph) Street at 12:30pm, with dignitaries leading the procession at 12:15 pm. The parade proceeds east on King Street, finishing at the corner of (From Lee and Cameron Streets to Fairfax and Cameron Streets) . With thousands of spectators and participants expected, parade goers are encouraged to take advantage of public transportation. The closest Metro is the Blue Line, King Street/Old Town. There is a free trolley from the Metro, or the activities can be reached by a short 10-minute walk down King Street.

The St. Patrick's Day Parade is organized by the Ballyshaners (Gaelic for "Old Towners"). The Ballyshaners, Org. is a non-profit group that seeks to promote and preserve Irish heritage through organization of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria and the Ballyshaners Irish festival held each summer. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available as listed on our website.

St. Patrick's Day Parade Highlights

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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.

We Thank Our 2024 Sponsors!

AKA Hotels

Burke & Herbert Bank

Commonwealth One FCU


Friends of Amy Jackson


Holy Cow

Homegrown restaurants

Kearney & Co

Martin Schweitzer



Pork Barrel BBQ

Rock it Grill

Sweet Fire Donna’s

Tequila & Taco

United Bank


Whiskey & Oyster

Yates Services

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.

Fund Raisers

Please watch this page and Facebook for upcoming Parade Fund Raisers.

If you love our parade, please consider donating time or money to the cause! Attend a fundraiser or volunteer--we always need help planning and staffing the parade and our annual Irish Festival. Contact us at for specific volunteer opportunities or join the Ballyshaners! There's no membership fee, and we hold monthly meetings at 7 pm, dates to be determined with weekly meetings in the two months preceding our parade. Dates and locations are posted on our website and our Facebook page.

Our parades typically cost tens of thousands of dollars and require months of careful planning, and the past two years have been difficult for our members, sponsors, and local businesses. Want to donate to preserve Old Town’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade? Cash donations can be made at our donate page or contact us at

Parade Applications

The 2024 Alexandria Saint Patrick's Day Parade Registration is now Open.

Please click on the button below to start your Parade Unit’s Registration. The Parade Captain will review your Registration and respond as soon as possible. Thanks for expressing interest in continuing support of the Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Application for registration to the 2024 Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade EXPIRES 02/20/2024! NO further applications will be accepted!

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

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