What better way to pay homage to the patron saint of Ireland than by festivities, partying and drunkeness? The Q.C.’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and its accompanying Charlotte Goes Green/St. Patrick’s Day Festival does it big enough that folks with or without a trace of Irish blood in their system come out to celebrate. The parade offers finely adorned floats, marching bands and other special guests in green. Stick around after the parade for the festival, featuring traditional Irish dancing and music. This year, the Hickory-based Belfast Boys are scheduled to perform two shows. Comprised of native Irish lads Alyn Mearns and Adrian Rice, The Belfast Boys (pictured) recently released their debut album Songs For Crying Out Loud
. On the disc they’ve included a gripping and sometimes downright chilling collection of traditional folk numbers from the heart of Ireland.
12 p.m.—12:20 p.m., Rince Na’ Eireann Dance School
12:30 p.m. — 12:50 p.m., Grandfather Mountain Pipe & Drums
1 p.m. — 1:45 p.m., Federal Clan Kings
1:45 p.m. — 1:50 p.m., Announcement of parade winners
1:50 p.m. — 2:10 p.m., Walsh-Kelley School of Irish Dance
2:20 p.m. — 3:05 p.m., Belfast Boys
3:10 p.m. — 3:30 p.m., Rince Na’ Eireann Dance School
3:40 p.m. — 4:30 p.m., Federal Clan Kings
4:35 p.m. — 4:55 p.m., Walsh-Kelley School of Irish Dance
5:05 p.m. — 6 p.m., Belfast Boys
Free admission. 11 a.m. Parade starts at Tryon Street and 9th Street. It marchs south on Tryon Street to 3rd Street. The festival is held at S. Tryon Street, from 3rd Street to 1st Street. For more information, visit www.charlottestpatsday.com.
For more St. Patrick's Day events in Charlotte, check out our big ol' list here.