The Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Parade was cancelled in 2017 and 2018 due to lack of sponsorship. The details below refer to previous years' parades and will be updated if the parade is held in the future.
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 favorite holiday among Canadians of all backgrounds.
And Vancouverites are no exception.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade in Vancouver in previous years has attracted 300,000 people annually, included 2,000 participants, and features Celtic musicians, clowns, stilt walkers, antique vehicles, horse-mounted drill teams, Irish dancers, and much more.
Organized by CelticFest Vancouver, the St.Patrick's Day Parade in Vancouver has been 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.
Dates and Times
Future dates to be determined, if sponsors are obtained.
The parade route has begun at Howe St. and Davie St. in downtown Vancouver, proceeded north along Howe to Georgia, and ended at Georgia & Granville Streets.
Due to crowds and road closures, driving to and parking at the Parade has been extremely difficult. Buses have been a better bet, or an option has been the Canada Line/SkyTrain to Granville Station, just one block south of W Georgia.
Additional St. Patrick's Day Information
The Parade isn't the only CelticFest event. 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 5:00 p.m. 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 6 p.m.).
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 our Vancouver St. Patrick's Day Guide.
Additional Vancouver Information
If you're planning a trip to Vancouver, BC, these Guides will help:
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- Top 10 Hotels in Downtown Vancouver
Keep in Mind
Hotels and accommodations near the Parade route may fill up quickly, so if you want to stay close by, book early. 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.