The year 1984 marked the beginning of an annual tradition in Phoenix, when the original downtown St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Family Faire made its debut. You can expect thousands of spectators to line 3rd Street in Phoenix to enjoy the parade, and then move to the location of the Faire for the rest of the day. The theme for this year's event is "Salute to Irish Music and Dance."
What Happens at the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire?
The Parade has marching bands, Irish step dancers, bagpipers, police and fire vehicles, government dignitaries, floats, and the Arizona Irish Colleen with her Court.
After the parade, the Faire will begin. There you will enjoy three stages of live Irish music, Irish Step dancing, and Bagpipers. You can research your Irish ancestry, browse or purchase Irish crafts and merchandise, and drop by the food court featuring Irish grub and beverages. Bring the wee lads and lassies — there's a children's area just for them.
When is it?
The Parade and the Faire will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 and begins at 10 a.m. The Faire begins at 10 a.m. and ends at about 5 p.m.
Where is it?
The Parade starts at 3rd Street at Sheridan and proceeds south to Willetta. The Faire is held at the Irish Cultural Center at 1106 N. Central Avenue (west side of Central Avenue at Culver) next to Margaret T. Hance Deck Park. Here is a map with directions to Margaret T. Hance Deck Park including Valley Metro Rail instructions.
You can get to the Parade and Faire via light rail. The closest station to the Parade start is at Central/McDowell.
The closest station to the Faire is Central/Roosevelt. Here is a light rail map.
How do I get tickets and how much are they?
There are no tickets for the Parade, it's free. The Faire admission is $10 for people ages 13 and older, $8 for seniors 55+ and military, and kids 12 and under are admitted free.
What else should I know?
Free parking is available at the garage at 1850 North Central Avenue on the west side of Central Ave & Palm Lane for those buying a Faire ticket. A free shuttle will transport you to and from the Faire.
The Irish Cultural Center is raffling off a trip to Ireland. You can get a raffle ticket for a chance to win $100 if you donate a book or being canned food donations.
What if I have more questions?
For more information, call 602-280-9221 or visit the Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire online.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.