St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Organizers say Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the biggest downstate parade to celebrate the “luck o’ the Irish.” The 34th Annual Parade with the theme “ShamRock ‘n Roll” kicks off at the “craic o’ noon” on Saturday, March 17 and thousands of viewers are expected along the parade route.

The parade starts on Jefferson & 6th heading west to 5th; Heading south on 5th to Capitol; Heading North on 6th to the Reviewing Stand, (this is our Family Friendly Area) then to Washington heading east, back to the beginning; the Horace Mann parking lot. Review the parade route>

For Families:

  • Streets will close at 9 am on Saturday morning and reopen at 6 am on Sunday
  • For the first time, there is a St. Patrick’s Day Parade Race from 9-10 am; Race starts and finishes on Washington between 5th and 6th.
  • 6th Street is considered Family Viewing area and 5th Street is considered more of the party street
  • The Hy-Vee Family Fun Fair will be 1-4 pm and is located at the Old State Capitol
  • Several parking lots in the area will charge one $5 fee for the day, including lots at 2nd and Washington, south of Obed’s on 6th Street behind the AT&T building, and the county lot on Adams across from the convention center. Free parking is available at the lots on 4th St. behind Augie’s and The Alamo.

For Revelers:

  • If you plan to consume alcohol outdoors, you must purchase a $1 wristband from retail establishments. Patrons who purchase will be allowed to have open containers on 5th Street between Monroe and Jefferson after the parade is over and while bars are open. No glass or coolers are allowed in the Parade area.
  • “I need a ride.” If you overindulge from 4 pm to 5 am, ask a bar manager for a cab voucher, courtesy of the SPD and Fire Department. Take your numbered voucher to pick up points at 4th and Adams or 6th and Adams. Lincoln Cab Co. will be there to take you home anywhere in Springfield. This safety program is paid for by the department’s DUI budget funded by previous offenders’ fees.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run

First Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run!

2 mile run/walk to kick off the Parade and Irish festivities!

First 317 registered will receive a commemorative pint glass!

Packet Pickup on Friday 3/16 from 3-5:30pm at United Community Bank 3200 West Iles Springfield, IL (across the street from the Corner Pub)

Race starts and finishes on Washington between 5th and 6th.

Post race party at Alamo Downtown


St. Patrick’s Day Pancake Breakfast

Join Central Baptist Church before the St. Patrick’s Day parade and enjoy a delicious breakfast! You can even leave your car parked conveniently at the church (at the corner of 4th & Jackson) while you watch the parade.

Generous portions of pancakes, sausage, fruit, and drinks served by the youth group. Tickets available from any youth group member or at the door, Adults $7 / under 12 $3.

Central Baptist’s Downtown Youth and New Berlin Youth Group are working to raise money for the youth group and the Pretzel Sports Boosters (to help offset funding needed to fund the sports trainer position).

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