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

If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade, registration for the parade is now open. Unit staging runs from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM on the day of the parade. The Ballyshaners do not provide parking passes or assistance for vehicles not appearing in the parade. Please refer to your parade instructions for additional information.

If you have questions about parade participation, please contact the parade captain at ballyshaners_parade@yahoo.com

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 ballyshaners_program@yahoo.com. 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)


Sponsorships

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 KMoore22301@yahoo.com. Our Advertising Committee will accept your ad’s graphics and any other questions about the Program at ballyshaners_program@yahoo.com

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.

Parade Fundraisers

January 26, 2020 - 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm - McNamarara’s Restaurant and Pub, 567 23rd St S., Arlington, VA

Join us for food, live music, and craic! A buffet of Irish favorites will be served. Cash bar. We will also be hosting a silent auction, the proceeds of which go to the parade. Come bid on a variety of Irish-themed and other auction items and support our local parade!

February 16, 2020 - Murphy's Grand Irish Pub

Join us at Murphy's Grand Irish Pub, 713 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 for food, live music, and craic! A buffet of Irish favorites will be served. Cash bar. We will also be hosting a silent auction, the proceeds of which go to the parade. Come bid on a variety of Irish-themed and other auction items and support our local parade!

Tickets for each event can be purchased at the door for $20 or in advance for $15.


Grand Marshal Dinner

Grand Marshal Dinner Tickets – Don’t Delay!

Tickets for the 2020 Grand Marshal Dinner are now on sale!

Friday, 3/6/2020 at 6:30 pm - Grand Marshal Dinner - The Alexandrian, 480 King St., Alexandria, VA

The night before each parade, The Ballyshaners host the Grand Marshal Dinner to install and recognize the Parade’s Grand Marshal. It is a wonderful night full of tradition, camaraderie, and the official kick-off to the parade weekend. This year's Grand Marshal is John Brennan, owner of Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Bar. Cocktails at 6:30, Dinner at 7:30.

Tickets are $110 ($1,100 for tables).


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

The Ballyshaners and the AWLA will host the Fun Dog Show beginning at 11 a.m. on Old Town’s Market Square, but animal-friendly exhibitors will be on-site as early as 10:30, and attendance is free to spectators. Advance registration for dogs participating in the Fun Dog Show is $25 per category, and pets may register for any or all of the three costume categories. Winners of each category will be determined by audience applause.

Registration is open now - click the button below - and will also be available on-site on March 7th for $30 as long as space is available. For the safety of all attendees, both human and canine, all dogs must be on non-extendable leashes that are six feet or shorter.  Dogs will not be allowed on Market Square until 10:30, once the Old Town Farmers’ Market has ended. While the AWLA loves all animals, the Fun Dog Show is only appropriate for dogs who are comfortable with crowds and other dogs.

To register your dog for the Fun Dog Show, merely click the button below -

Upcoming Events

2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade Applications

Applications for the 2020 Parade are NOW OPEN! The Ballyshaners are pleased to offer this tribute to Irish culture and heritage for our 39th year in Old Town.

Ballyshaners Meetings

Learn more about our upcoming Membership Meetings.

Ballyshaners' 2020 Grand Marshall Installation and Dinner

Please join us as we celebrate John Brennan's installation as the Grand Marshal for the 2020 St. Patrick's Day Parade in Alexandria, Virginia.

Support The Ballyshaners

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