4th Avenue & Jefferson Street
Seattle, WA 98104
Irish Flag-Raising & the St. Patrick’s Day Parade
At 12:20 pm, the Parade Grand Marshal Frank Finneran, the Honorary Grand Marshals Joan and Dan Flanagan, Galway Deputy Mayor Frank Fahy, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, King County Executive Dow Constantine, Congressman Jim McDermott, Congresswoman Suzan Delbene, and many other dignitaries, will raise the Irish Tricolor in front of the King-County Administration Building at 4th Ave at Jefferson.
That will immediately be followed by trumpeters playing the Irish and US National Anthems.
Then at 12:30 pm, the whistle will sound to officially start Seattle’s 42nd annual St Patrick’s Day Parade heading north on up 4th Ave toward Westlake Park.
While all marching groups must pre-register (see the current list of Parade Registrations), anybody with an Irish connection (and everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!) is invited to walk in the Parade without any pre-registration. Seniors and others are welcome to ride for free in the “Seniors Shamrock Shuttle”, a Greyline Trolley which can be boarded at 4th Ave and James starting at 12 noon.
Parade closing ceremonies will be held in the Armory at the Seattle Center during the Irish festival at approx. 2:30 pm.
Note that the Monorail will be free from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm for travel after the Parade from Westlake to the Seattle Center.
For more details, visit irishclub.org.
IRISH FESTIVAL at the Seattle Center’s Armory
Saturday Noon – 6 pm
Admission to all activities on both days is FREE. The Festival features non-stop Irish music, singing and dancing, booths selling Irish and Celtic products, Irish workshops, lectures, cultural displays, children’s contests and activities, Irish Language, Genealogy and History Workshops, Art Exhibits and more. Click here to see the Main Stage schedule of performances and schedule of workshops. Or download the 16-page Irish Week Program.