St. Patrick's Day (March 17) may have Irish Catholic origins, but its popularity as a celebration of all things Celtic has grown world-wide, making it a favourite holiday among Canadians of all backgrounds. And Vancouverites are no exception!
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Vancouver attracts 300,000 people annually, includes 2,000 participants, and features Celtic musicians, clowns, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, horse-mounted drill teams, Irish dancers, and much more.
When: 2017 Dates TBA, 11am - 1pm
Where: The parade route begins at Howe St. and Davie St. in downtown Vancouver, proceeding north along Howe to Georgia, and ending at Georgia & Granville Streets.
Getting to the St. Patrick's Day Parade: Due to crowds and road closures, driving to and parking at the Parade will be extremely difficult. Buses are a better bet, or take the Canada LIne/SkyTrain to Granville Station, just one block south of W Georgia.
Organized by CelticFest Vancouver, the St.Patrick's Day Parade in Vancouver is part of a nine-day Celtic festival--the biggest Celtic festival in Western Canada-- that includes international and Canadian Celtic performers, musicians, artists, and dancers.
Making the Most of Your Visit
The Parade isn't the only CelticFest event on March 13. You can spend the whole day of the Parade enjoying free fun--including live music and shopping--at the Celtic Village (on Granville Street, between Robson and Nelson Streets) until 5pm that Sunday.
Another option for families is to head over to The Blarney Stone in Gastown after the Parade for their all-ages street party (this event becomes 19+ after 6pm).
You can also extend your St. Patrick's Day celebrations into the night at one of Vancouver's Irish Pubs.
For more Vancouver St. Patrick's Day celebrations, including more options for all-ages fun on St.
Patrick's Day, see Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Guide.
Visiting Vancouver for the St. Patrick's Day Parade?
If you're planning a trip to Vancouver, BC just for this event, these Guides will help:
- Plan Your Trip to Vancouver in 5 Simple Steps
- 5 Reasons to Stay in Downtown Vancouver
- Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Vancouver
Travel tip: Keep in mind that hotels and accommodations near the Parade route may fill up quickly, so if you want to stay close by, book early! Also, St. Patrick's Day often happens during Metro Vancouver's Spring Break, which means more expensive hotels / accommodations / air travel; basically, if Spring Break includes St. Patrick's Day (March 17), then you will have to pay peak-season travel costs. Of course, there are always ways to save money on any trip to Vancouver!