The Washington D.C. 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade

The 46th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C. was held on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 12:00 Noon, and will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W., in our Nation’s Capital.

We had bright blue skies, an no snow, although it was a bit chilly!

Thank you to all of those who marched in the parade, and the spectators who braved the cold to come out and watch!

Congratulations to our 2017 Trophy Winners!

Best in Parade: National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks Float

Best Visiting Band: Bishop Moore Catholic High School: The Black and Gold Brigade, Orlando, FL

Best Band: Citywide Goldstarz Marching Band, Baltimore, MD

Best Musical Group: William C. McGinnis Middle School Marching Band and Cadets, Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Best Marching Unit: U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Alexandria, Virginia Division

Youth Marching Unit: Clearwater High School Marine Corps JROTC, Clearwater, FL

Best ROTC Unit: Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership Corps of Cadets, Mary Baldwin University, Staunton, Virginia

Best Pipe Unit: District of Columbia Fire Department Emerald Society Pipes and Drums, Washington, D.C.

Best Antique Car: To Be Announced

Best Antique Fire: 1969 American LaFrance Fire Truck, owned by the Dowd Family

Best Dance Group: Tinkus San-Simon Filial Virginia

Best Pet Unit: Greenbelt Dog Training Parade Drill Team, Greenbelt, MD

Best Novelty Group: Dignity/Washington, Washington, DC

Francis J. Tiernan Marshal’s Award – Most Enthusiastic: O’Neill James School of Irish Dance, Arlington, VA

Daniel F. Sullivan Memorial Award – Irish in Public Service: Dog Tag Bakery, Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to our 2017 Honorees!  The 2017 Theme is “Irish in Public Service’ an is embodied by our 2017 honorees:

Grand Marshal:  Cody Keenan, Former Director of Speech Writing for the White House

Gael:  Keith Carney, President of FedNet

Division Marshals:  Ralph Day, John McShane, and Susan M. Hoffman

Read the full Press Release for more information about the 2017 Parade and Honorees and check out the 2017 St. Patrick’s Parade Honoree Biographies.


Irish Heritage Night at Nationals Park – Tuesday May 2, 2017

The mission of the St. Patrick’s Parade of Washington, D.C. is to foster the understanding of and celebrate the Irish culture in America. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held annually in Washington, D.C., since 1971. This annual affair has grown from what was little more than a leisurely stroll by a few hundred participants on Massachusetts Avenue to a mile long, two-hour celebration of Irish culture along Constitution Avenue.