Denver’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the country, and it’s a great place to toast your favorite saint. Running for over 60 years, nearly half a million people are expected to attend the downtown parade. You’ll want to get a good spot in advance since some people arrive at 6:00 am to find a prime place for spectating.
During the parade, you can expect to see floats, dancing, live bands, charities, and local celebrities. Attendees can easily find some green beer to drink at one of downtown Denver’s many bars. The parade itself does not provide food or drink, so if you need to grab a snack or use the bathroom, you’ll have to find a restaurant or bar to do so.
Denver St. Patrick’s Parade and Traditions
This year’s parade will be held on Saturday, March 11th, 2023 in Downtown Denver. The first St. Patrick’s Day Parade was in 1889, but the event has modernized quite a bit since the days of gas lamps and the Gilded Age.
The City of Denver annually paints a green strip down the Blake Street parade path in honor of St. Patrick. Another custom is the annual changing of the sign, which is when Blake Street is changed to Tooley Street in honor of Dale Tooley, Denver’s former district attorney in the 1970s and 1980s.
The parade will start at 19th and Wynkoop, turn left on 17th, then turn north on Blake Street, eventually ending at 27th street. If you can’t make it in person, you can watch the live stream on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Facebook page. The parade happens regardless of Colorado’s unpredictable weather, so dress accordingly.
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Date: Saturday, March 11, 2023 | Starts at 9:30 am