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Small town feel St. Patricks Day in Vancouver, Washington

Hough St. Patrick's Day Parade in Vancouver, USA
Elizabeth R. Rose

If you have children or just want to re-live your own childhood, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Uptown Vancouver, USA will be ideal.

Annually, the Hough neighborhood in Uptown goes all out with a fanciful themed parade featuring local children, the police drum and pipe corps, fire engines and classic cars. With plenty of room along the sidewalks, you'll enjoy a fun-filled afternoon on a weekday close to St. Patrick's Day.

Usually the parade starts at 12:30 and begins at Hough Elementary School at 1900 Daniels, St. The hour-long event makes its way around the Uptown area, goes down Main Street, and finishes back at the school. Hough Elementary School's namesake, Patrick (Paddy) Hough, was an Irish immigrant and pioneer educator in the Vancouver area who was born on St. Patrick’s Day. On Paddy Hough Day, every Hough Elementary student, as well as representatives of local businesses and community groups, dresses up and parades around uptown Vancouver.

This year, I stood next to a Vancouver couple who were originally from Dublin Ireland. This certainly added to the festive atmosphere. Young, wholesome faces were everywhere. The children of the area, carrying signs and dressed in home-made craft costumes were strutting their stuff. A local classic car club followed.

With shiny red fire engines, kilted bagpipers and businesses tossing candy, I thought this would be an ideal family outing. The children watching were entranced. And the adults came away with a reassurance that things may not have changed all that much since their childhood. For this was a small town parade, just the way they remembered it.

For more details, contact the Hough Foundation at 360-313-2107 or visit

2014 Parade Photos

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