ST. PATRICK’S FESTIVAL 2013
Join the Parade!
The Tallahassee Irish Society (TIS) and the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority TDIA) would like to invite you to participate in the 4th Annual St. Patrick’s Festival Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
This year’s Grand Marshall is Marine Captain Patrick Madden who has served in Iraq, Afghanistan and a recon tour on the USS New York. He is an FSU graduate and attended North Florida Christian Elementary and High School. The parade will be led by the local Marine Corps Reserve Color Guard as it has been since 2000. They will be joined by other Marine Corp Reserve Units and Vehicles as well as the local chapter of the Marine Corps League.
The parade will feature, the Tallahassee Pipe Band, the Lofty Pursuits Band, the Boys and Girls Club Drum line, an Irish Piper and the Lincoln High Navy ROTC and other colorful units.
The parade forms on Park Avenue next to the Cemetery at 11 AM, then begins at Noon and runs down College Avenue from Macomb St. to Duval. We then turn left on Duval for one block and end at Park Avenue. We encourage people to bring their own folding chairs to watch the parade on College Ave and Duval. We encourage people who are Irish, think they are Irish, hope they are Irish or wish they were Irish to join the Irish Families at the end of the Parade as walking unit only, no vehicles.
The Springtime Tallahassee 20th Century Krewe started the St. Patrick’s Parades back in 1987 and ran them until 1992 in various Tallahassee neighborhoods. In 2000 the Emerald Isle Society started the St. Patrick’s Parades around Lake Ella, until it became the Tallahassee Irish Society, and they continued the parades around Lake Ella until 2009 when they moved them to the Antique Car Museum at 6800 Mahan Drive and included two Festivals. In 2011 the celebration moved Downtown and the 20th Century Krewe continues to be part of the parade and will join us again this year.