The Irish, and the Irish for a day, will be out in full force and full green for the 11th annual Halifax St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11.
“Every year we look forward to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and this year is no exception,” says parade chairman Brian Doherty. “If you’re in Halifax, there’s no better way to begin the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.”
Presenting sponsor, Charitable Irish Society of Nova Scotia, will lead the parade followed by acts that are sure to entertain including pipe bands, horses, dancers, princesses and the ever popular Hal-Con. Following the parade, the Lower Deck Waterfront is opening up for an after party.
“Our volunteer organizing committee have worked hard to bring another great parade to Halifax and we’re all in for a spectacular day”, says Doherty. “The parade, and all the St. Patrick’s Day events taking place this time of year, are a great source of pride and a happy opportunity for us to show our Irish roots, share our culture and have fun with our community.”
When: Sunday, March 11, 2018
Time: Marshaling begins at 12:30 p.m., parade begins at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Marshaling takes place at Pier 20, then the parade travels down Terminal Road onto Lower Water Street through historic Irishtown to finish at Historic Properties
Flag raising: Two days prior to the parade, Mayor Mike Savage, the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshal, will raise the Irish flag. The flag raising ceremony takes place on Friday, March 9, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. in Grand Parade Square. Additionally, City Hall will be “going green” for St. Patrick’s Day as part of the global greening effort of Tourism Ireland.
About the Halifax Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
2018 marks the 11th anniversary of the Halifax Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in its current iteration. The parade brings together Irish and non-Irish alike to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Halifax! Over the past decade the parade has moved around, beginning in Halifax’s North End and now to its current route through Irishtown along Lower Water Street, but all along it has remained a symbol of Irish pride.
The objectives of the parade are:
- To commemorate the life of St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland.
- To celebrate Ireland’s influence in Halifax, and throughout the world, and to create an awareness of the ongoing Irish social, economic, cultural, democratic, religious and scientific contributions to Nova Scotia since our region was founded.
- To reinforce the long historic links between Ireland and Nova Scotia.
- To engage as many members of the Irish Community in Nova Scotia as possible. To encourage as many members of the non-Irish communities as possible to participate in this celebration. To invite all those who are interested in joining in the fun to be “Irish” for the day and to “wear the green”, the symbolic colour of Ireland.
The annual parade is organized by volunteers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Society.
Source: Media Release