The 34th Annual Lexington St. Patrick's Day Parade is going to be in full swing on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Lexington, KY is ready with their green gear to celebrate the day with a festival and a parade as well as starting the day off with the Shamrock Shuffle 3K at 8:00 a.m.
The Shamrock Shuffle 3K is to support our local Habitat for Humanity. The entry fee is $25. If you still have not registered they will be doing it on site starting at 6:30 a.m. The race starts at 8:00 a.m. and there will be prizes given. Check it out. This is a great way to give back while having fun. There will be several prizes given out for best costume. So get dressed in your best green wear and have some active fun.
Right after the Shamrock Shuffle the Lexington St. Patrick's Day Parade will kick off with all kinds of fun activities. The festival will start at 11 a.m. and the parade will begin at 1 p.m on Main Street. There will be youth activities. There will be vendors from Ireland, make their wares available to the public. There will also be Irish food and drinks available. Entertainment will include dancing, pipers and musicians.
St. Patrick day falls during the Christian Lent observations. St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated since the death of the saint in the 5th Century. The custom of not eating meat was waived during this day of Lent so that they could feast on traditional bacon and cabbage during their celebrations. According to History the first parade was not in Ireland but in New York City. On March 17, 1762 Irish soldiers serving in the English military started a parade in celebration of their saint.
The 3K along with the festival and parade are a great way to spend time with your family in an active, healthy way. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience a culture that may not be your own. A way to experience food and entertainment in a new and exciting way. For those that are Irish it is a reminder of your rich ancestral heritage.