It’s almost time for the wearin' of the green as the 2013 Atlantic City St. Patrick's Day Parade steps out on Saturday, March 16, 2013. There will be lots of excitement, great food, good beer and just plain fun!
The parade begins at 1 p.m. at North Carolina Ave. and the Boardwalk, ending at Albany Ave. and the Boardwalk. This year’s Grand Marshal is Galloway Township Councilman and former Atlantic City Police Chief John Mooney.
The parade will be colorful, loud and Irish! You're sure to see all your favorite high school marching bands, along with Irish bands, Irish step dancers, string bands, local merchants, pipers and floats.
After the parade, be sure to visit the Ducktown Tavern, 2400 Atlantic Avenue, about two blocks behind Boardwalk Hall. Ducktown Tavern's annual parade day party is an Atlantic City tradition and always a good time.
Other local establishments to check out for some great after-parade eats are The Irish Pub, Kelly's Corner(2721 Arctic Ave., AC) and McGettigan's 19th Hole. You never know, you just might see a leprechaun!
St. Patrick’s Day was first celebrated in the U.S. in Boston in 1762. Our own Atlantic City parade was first held in 1986 and modeled after the Philadelphia parade. With the help of local Irish Pub owners, the Irish Cultural Society and the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, the parade has grown year by year. Attendance at that first parade was estimated at 35,000 people. Come on down and let’s see if we can double that this year!
For information on the parade, call 609-742-9092 or check out the web site HERE. You can also click on the blue links for some of the pubs involved to get more information on what they’re doing after the parade. And if you’re on the Boardwalk for the parade, be sure and wave. I’ll wave back!
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!