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Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival

Update as of 3/9/22

Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade - 11:00 am on March 12, 2022

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is going on as planned, rain or shine, on March 12th.

Parade Route: Begins on Jefferson Street at Elm Avenue, continues to Campbell Avenue and ends at Williamson Road.

Thank you to everyone interested in participating, but our parade and vendor spots are now full.

Budweiser Clydesdales Update

After having to cancel their appearance in our 2020 parade, the Budweiser Clydesdale team is committed to making their appearance in our parade if it is at all possible. The Clydesdale team’s inclement weather policy does not allow them to come out in rain or snow. We are hoping for a clear window to get them into the parade. If this changes and we know with certainty this will not happen, we will update you as soon as we are advised.

NEW DATE

Shamrock Festival March 19 - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

Band Lineup:

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am - DJ Joey Nicely
  • 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Back Alley II
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm - Adrenaline 6
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm - 220 South Band
  • 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm - Gasoline Alley

If you want to be a volunteer at this year's festival, please sign up here.

We also have vendor spots available. If interested, please fill out the vendor application

Freedom First Kids Zone - Canceled

We look forward to bringing these activities back in 2023.

Corned Beef & Co. Celtic Celebration - March 12 - 10 am - 5 pm

Beer, Live Celtic Music, Irish food specials, party favors, and DJs! This event has moved inside. 

Music Schedule: 

  • 12:00 pm - Irish Dance School
  • 1:00 pm - Brian Coughlan
  • 2:00 pm - Albemarle Pipe Band
  • 2:30 pm - Kinnfolk
  • 3:15 pm - Duada

View the details here.

Martin's Downtown St. Pat's Street Party - March 12 - 11:00 am

Due to the cold front that is forecasted to impact the region on Saturday, we have made the decision to move things around a bit to better accommodate the weather. The outside portion of the event will be concluding at 6:30 pm, instead of the originally scheduled time of 11:00 pm. Here's an updated band schedule:

Outside Stage:

  • Eric Wayne Band 11:30 pm
  • Audacity Brass Band 1:15 pm
  • The Wooks 3:00 pm
  • The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band 5:30 pm

Inside Stage:

  • Gote 12:00 pm
  • Empty Bottles 2:30 pm
  • Villanova 5:00 pm
  • Half Moon 8:30 pm
  • Sexbruise? 11:00 pm

At this time, the allotted amount of Advance Tickets are sold out. However, there will be tickets available for purchase at the gate on the day of the event beginning at 11:00 am.