first St. Patrick's Day Parade in
Washington, DC was held in 1871 and
traveled along Massachusetts Avenue
from Dupont Circle to the statue of
Robert Emmet. Since then, this
annual affair has grown from what
was little more than a leisurely
stroll by a few hundred participants
to what is now being called "The
Nation's St. Patrick's Day Parade."
In 1874, the Constitution Avenue
route was established and the march
became a full-scale Parade with
Marching Bands, Pipe Bands, our
Nation's Military, Police, and Fire
Departments as well as Floats,
Novelty Groups and those marchers
wearing green. Trophies are now
awarded in a number of categories to
participants. The Parade is always
held on the Sunday before St.
Patrick's Day, and this coming year
will be on Sunday.
40th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Grand Marshals will be distinguished
community leaders Frank Saul,
founder of Chevy Chase Bank, and his
wife Tricia Saul. The Parade will
proceed down Constitution Avenue
from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W., in
our Nation’s Capital. The St.
Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the
best attended parades in Washington.
Parade is an Irish community
endeavor that was started by the
Irish American Club and is now held
in cooperation with the National
Capital Park Service. The President
of the Irish American Club maintains
a place on the Board of Directors of
the Parade Committee. As with most
special events in Washington, DC,
parking will be difficult, so take
the Metro to the Smithsonian or
Federal Triangle stops on the
orange/blue lines or the
Archives/Navy Memorial Metro stop on
the Yellow/Green lines.