Application to Register a Unit in the Parade Expires 02/20/2024!
The Ballyshaners 41st Alexandria Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2024. Residents and tourists were encouraged to come early to enjoy the events at one of the DC area’s finest parades. All events are free to the public.
Alexandria boasts the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the DC area. Traditionally, this parade is held the first Saturday in March, and serves to attract the finest entries. The parade normally features pipe bands, Irish dance schools, community groups, and a host of other performers and entertainment. It’s a fantastic day to spend with family or friends!
The parade officially starts at the corner of King Street and Saint Asaph Street at 12:30pm, with dignitaries leading the procession at 12:15 pm. The parade proceeds east on King Street, finishing at the corner of (From Lee and Cameron Streets to Fairfax and Cameron Streets) . With thousands of spectators and participants expected, parade goers are encouraged to take advantage of public transportation. The closest Metro is the Blue Line, King Street/Old Town. There is a free trolley from the Metro, or the activities can be reached by a short 10-minute walk down King Street.
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is organized by the Ballyshaners (Gaelic for “Old Towners”). The Ballyshaners, Org. is a non-profit group that seeks to promote and preserve Irish heritage through organization of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria and the Ballyshaners Irish festival held each summer. Sponsorship and volunteer opportunities are still available as listed on our website.
To apply for application to march in the parade go to: