2020 Freedom First St. Patrick's Day Parade and Shamrock Festival - Cancelled

Amid heightened concerns of community spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the State of Emergency issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia, Downtown Roanoke, Inc. (DRI) and our Board of Directors is announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival. This announcement comes after discussions with City of Roanoke administration and emergency services. We feel the only path forward is to follow their recommendation and cancel our portion of Saturday’s event.
We understand the disappointment from our businesses, community, and those who planned to travel here. We share in that disappointment not just for our organization and all the people who love this event but especially for our local businesses that may be impacted by this. We encourage everyone to support local businesses always, now more so than ever.
For further resources regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), please see: www.vdh.virginia.gov, www.cdc.gov, or www.who.int.


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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