After a two-year hiatus, the downtown Racine St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back for its 14th year on Saturday, March 19 at noon. The parade draws in over 2,000 people from the community and the surrounding areas and is a fun family event. The parade itself will officially begin on the corner of State Street and Main Street. The route will proceed south on Main Street, turn west onto Sixth Street, and end near City Hall.
"This parade is the official kick off to spring in downtown, and we are thrilled to be back after two years off and once again be able to offer a fun and festive event to our community," said Kelly Kruse, DRC Executive Director.
The DRC, in partnership with 5kevents.org, will be host to a St. Pat's Day 5K® prior to the parade. For those working their way up to a 5K, the race organizers are also featuring a "Paddy's 0.08ish K." Both will start at State Street and Main Street. Registration will take place inside Littleport Brewery Company (214 3rd Street). Look for the top male and female finishers as they will join the parade procession upon their completion of the 5K.
Immediately following the race at noon, dozens of parade entries will march the downtown streets, celebrating one of the community’s favorite traditions. This year’s grand marshalls will be the Dancing Grannies. Other notable entries include fan favorite Lighthouse Brigade, Root River Rollers, and multiple singing and dancing groups. Major sponsors of the parade are CJW, Zeigler Honda and Joey’s Yardarm.
Stick around after the parade and grab a bite to eat or a drink from a multitude of bars and restaurants that will be featuring St. Patrick's Day specials all day long.
Parking can be found at the Lake Avenue Ramp (300 Lake Avenue), Civic Centre Ramp (501 Lake Avenue), and the McMynn Ramp (120 7th Street) for only $2 all day.
About the Downtown Racine Corporation
The Downtown Racine Corporation's mission is to foster economic, social, and cultural diversity by stimulating business development, programming events, and marketing downtown to the community, developers, and tourists. It is the vision that Downtown Racine, with its scenic lakefront and historic Main Street, is the true heart and economic engine of our community; a vibrant and diverse destination to live, shop, explore, and conduct business.