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

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Held annually on the first Saturday in March, the Parade has grown to being the largest one-day event in Old Town Alexandria. Featuring pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups, and a host of other musicians and performers. It is a fantastic day to spend with family or friends. The Parade steps off at 12:30. We hope you will come!

St. Patrick's Day Parade Highlights

Ballyshaners Parade
Ballyshaners Parade
Ballyshaners Parade
Ballyshaners Parade
Ballyshaners Parade
Ballyshaners Parade
Ballyshaners Parade
Ballyshaners Parade

Parade Applications

Stay tuned as we organize other fundraisers in the coming months to support the 40th Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade to be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021!

If you have questions about parade participation, please contact the parade captain at

Parade Program Ads and Sponsorships

Exciting news for this year’s 39th Annual Alexandria St Patrick’s Day parade! This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2020 and will feature our Grand Marshal John Brennan, owner of Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Bar.

We hope you are willing and able to help support The Ballyshaners by placing an ad in this year's program. Not only do advertisements help fund the parade but the programs are also given away free to thousands of people along the parade route. As a reminder, The Ballyshaners, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Once you have submitted your ad and payment, the Ballyshaners can provide you with the documentation you need to support your contribution for tax purposes.

Below are the ad sizes and the pricing. The deadline for submitting your completed ad is January 31, 2020.

Program Ad Size Black & White or Color:

  • Full Page 7 ⅛” x 9⅝” $475 (B&W) - $575 (Color)
  • Half Page 7 ⅛” x 4 .” $275 (B&W) - $400 (Color)
  • Quarter Page 3 .” x 4 .” $200 (B&W) - $275 (Color)
  • Business Card 3 .” x 2” or ⅛ of a page $110 (B&W) - Color Not Available

After reviewing the information, if you have any questions about the parade program, please email You can view a sample of this year’s Program here:
Just click on the link - 2020 Parade Program

Click the button below for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Advertising Contract (.pdf document)


Sponsorship is an additional way to show your support for the Parade and help The Ballyshaners pay for the event’s many costs.

Shamrock -

$5,000 - Your logo on all parade advertising; a full-page, color ad in the parade program; two seats on the Grandstand on Parade Day; and a table for 10 at the Grand Marshal Dinner to be held on Friday, March 6, 2020 at The Alexandrian Hotel.

Harp -

$2,500 - Your logo on all advertising; a full-page, color ad in the parade program; and five seats at the March 6, 2020 Grand Marshal Dinner.

Claddagh -

$1,000 - Your logo on all advertising; and a full-page, color ad in the parade program.

For sponsorship questions, please contact Ballyshaners Chair Kimberley Moore at Our Advertising Committee will accept your ad’s graphics and any other questions about the Program at

Payments can be made online through our secure site button below, or via check made payable to The Ballyshaners, Inc. and mailed to P.O. Box 320722 Alexandria, VA 22320. Please be sure to note your company’s name in the memo and what size and color of your ad.

Fun Dog Show

The Fun Dog Show precedes the Ballyshaners’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) will kick off the parade, and all friends, followers and former adopters are welcome to join the group to march, without or without their canine companions. March participants will meet at the intersection of King St. and Pitt St. at 12:30 p.m. to start off the parade!

“The Fun Dog Show is our first major event of the year,” said AWLA’s Executive Director Megan Webb. “The weather can sometimes be unpredictable, but that doesn’t stop our canine contestants from strutting their St. Paddy’s spirit for all of Alexandria to see.”

Dog Show Highlights

Ballyshaners Dog Show
Ballyshaners Dog Show

Upcoming Events

Ballyshaners Meetings

Learn more about our upcoming Membership Meetings.

Need A Covid Mask?

Use the code "Irish" at KH Giving's website to get a $5 discount. 15% of proceeds from sales using this code will support the Ballyshaners.

Support The Ballyshaners

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