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.

For over 40 years, the Ballyshaners have been pleased to provide Alexandrians with the finest Irish celebrations. While we were unable to hold our traditional St. Patrick's Day parade last year, we were hoping to be able to proceed with a parade as usual in March of 2022. 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.

Due to funding uncertainties and because we were unable to procure a permit in time to ensure the parade could go on as planned, the Ballyshaners made the difficult decision to postpone the 2022 parade. The postponement will give us more time to raise money and work with our sponsors and the City of Alexandria to ensure the quality family entertainment that Alexandrians are used to.

So while we're disappointed that we won't be able to hold our parade on the first Saturday in March as usual, the Ballyshaners are pleased to announce the new date for the 2022 parade! Please join us on Saturday, September 17, 2022, for our first Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Parade! Watch our Home Page and our social media (Facebook, Twitter) for more details.

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 ballyshaners@yahoo.com for specific volunteer opportunities or join the Ballyshaners! There's no membership fee, and we hold monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 pm, with weekly meetings in the two months preceding our parade. Dates and locations are posted on our website and our Facebook page.

Want to donate money or silent auction items? Cash donations can be made at our donate page or contact us at ballyshaners@yahoo.com with a description and cash value of your auction items.

And don't forget to join us at Mattie & Eddie's (1301 S Joyce St, Arlington, VA 22202) for our fundraiser on Saturday, February 19, 2022, from 12 pm-3 pm. Suggested donation at the door: $15/adult ($5/child). Looking forward to seeing you there!"


St. Patrick's Day Parade Highlights

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

Parade Applications

We plan to hold a Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Parade on September 17, 2022. Please watch this space for updates.

Parade Program Ads and Sponsorships

We plan to hold a Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Parade on September 17, 2022. Please watch this space for updates.


Sponsorships

We plan to hold a Halfway to St. Patrick's Day Parade on September 17, 2022. Please watch this space for updates.

Fun Dog Show

Every year, the Fun Dog Show precedes the Ballyshaners’ St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria (AWLA) kicks off the parade, and all friends, followers, and former adopters are welcome to join the group to march, with or without their canine companions.

As we are postponing the 2022 St. Patrick's Day Parade until September 17, 2022, the Fun Dog Show will not be held in March. Please watch this space or check our Facebook page for more information.

Dog Show Highlights

Ballyshaners Dog Show
Ballyshaners Dog Show

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

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