Statement regarding St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival for 2021

We’ve had many people reach out to us regarding our St. Patrick’s Day plans for 2021. We delayed in making a decision in order to have as much information as possible. We’ve waited as long as we could and now must make the difficult decision to cancel our festivities for 2021. Given the current restrictions, parades and festivals cannot happen. After the extremely difficult decision to cancel our 2020 event, we felt confident that 2021 would be a triumphant return and we’d all have plenty to celebrate. We are just not there yet but feel hopeful that 2022 will be primed for a full blown celebration. We are devastated more so for the downtown businesses than our organization. Please continue to support small businesses as often as you can. Many desperately need it.


March 14, 2020!

Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade - 11:00am

Begins on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, continues to Campbell Avenue and ends at Williamson Road. Featuring a very special appearance by The Budweiser Clydesdales!

Are you willing to help us out at the event? Sign up to volunteer!

Shamrock Festival - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Live music, adult beverages, and more! Admission is FREE and begins at 10:00am in the Plaza behind the City Market Building. 

Haley Toyota Stage Band Schedule:

  • 10:00am - 11:00am -  DJ Flex
  • 11:00am - 12:00pm -  Back Alley II
  • 12:30pm - 1:30pm - Hardrive Crew
  • 2:00pm - 3:00pm - Jive Mother Mary
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm - Strung Like a Horse

Freedom First Kids Zone - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Admission is FREE! Located on Salem Avenue near Jefferson Street. Games, Inflatables, & More!


Corned Beef & Co. Celtic Celebration - 10:00am - 5:00pm

Corned Beef & Co.'s Celtic Celebration Music/Entertainment Schedule:

  • Kinn Folk - 12:00 - 1:00pm
  • Albemarle Pipe Band - 1:00 - 1:30pm
  • New River School of Irish Dance - 1:30 - 2:00pm
  • Star City Beili Band - 2:00 - 2:40pm
  • Appalachian Piping Academy - 2:45 - 3:00pm
  • Brian Coughlan - 3:00 - 3:45pm
  • Appalachian Piping Academy - 3:45 - 4:00pm
  • Star City Ceili Band - 4:00 - 5:00pm
  • Special Events:
    • Best Knees Competition - 2:00pm
    • Pie Day Pie Eating Contest - 4:00pm
    • Trivia and More!

Martin's Shamrockin' Street Party

Tickets: In advance = $12, Event day = $15

Music Line Up:

  • Empty Bottles~ 12:00pm (outside stage)
  • Mad Iguanas~1:00pm (inside stage)
  • Audacity Brass Band~2:00pm (outside stage)
  • Tin Can Locomotive~ 3:00pm (inside stage)
  • The Kind Thieves~ 4:00pm (outside stage)
  • Groova Scape~ 5:00pm (inside stage)
  • YAM YAM~ 6:00pm (outside stage)
  • Eric Wayne Band~ 7:00pm (inside stage)
  • The Fritz~ 8:00pm (outside stage)
  • VillaNova~ 9:00pm (inside stage)
  • C2 & The Brothers Reed~ 10:00pm (outside stage)
  • Half Moon~ 11pm (inside stage)


Shamrock Hill 5K & 1-Mile Race - Details coming soon.



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