Looking for something to do on St Patrick’s Day? Then you do not want to miss Cleveland’s annual parade of floats, marching bands and candy throwing. Cleveland’s St Patrick’s Day Parade is the 3rd largest in the country and one of the largest in the state of Ohio. This year’s parade will be held on March 17, 2013, starts at 2:04 pm and the parade route starts at Superior Ave and East 18th Street in Downtown Cleveland and continues on to East Roadway, then to Rockwell Avenue, where it will end at Rockwell Avenue and East 6th Street.
The first parade was held on March 17, 1867 on the west side of Cleveland. The participants marched from church to church. Over the years the parade has grown to over 10,000 participants. The parade route has also changed to downtown Cleveland.
Each year the parade chooses a Grand Marshall, and Irish Mother and a theme for the parade. This year’s Grand Marshal is Kevin McGinty. Una Ellis was chosen as this year’s Irish Mother and the parade them is Coming to American: The story of Irish Immigration.
The parade lasts about 2 hours and leaves enough time to enjoy other St Patrick Day celebrations.