March 5th, 2020
If you want to get a head start on celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, then consider heading down to the 2020 Ballyshaners St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria on Saturday, March 7. Bagpipers kick off the two-hour parade at 12:30 pm (rain or shine), and the fun keeps going from there. More than 2,000 musicians, dancers, local dignitaries, and magical creatures (leprechauns!) march in the parade, and you can join many more who line King Street to cheer them on (just be sure to check the weather report and bundle up, if necessary). There’s also a festive dog show before the parade, where costumed canines and their owners compete for titles like "Best Human/Canine Look-Alike," "Most St. Paddy’s Spirit," and more.
Sound like fun? You can keep the festivities going all day at surrounding restaurants and shops, where you’ll find a variety of Irish-themed specials on offer (and possibly a few historic reenactments, if you time your visit right).