Atlanta may not be as deeply rooted in Irish-American culture as some popular immigration points like Boston or New York, but it does host a sizable population of residents of Irish origin. In fact, Atlanta has one of the South’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parades. But for those wishing to celebrate their Irish heritage, some planning is required. Street closings, parade routing, and parking are all considerations, as are the associated events connected to the parade and to St. Patrick’s Day in Atlanta.
Atlanta, GA 30313
Date: Saturday, March 11 at 12 p.m.
The Parade Route And Start Time
The 2017 Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Parade will run from 12 to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. The parade will run on Peachtree Street downtown. The route begins at the corner of 15th St. and finishes up at the corner of 5th St. Parade organizers recommend arriving no later than 11 a.m. to ensure a good viewing spot along the route.
On the best of days, traffic and parking in Atlanta can be a challenge. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade can be even more challenging due to road closures and the sheer volume of people who want to participate. Peachtree St. and the blocks connecting it on either side will be closed at various points during the day, some from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and others from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can see a full listing of street closures here. Because of the closings and the extra traffic, organizers are encouraging residents to consider taking the MARTA rather than driving. For those who do drive, most of the pay lots in the area will be open, including One Midtown Plaza off Arts Center Way and the Campanile Parking Deck on Juniper.
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As a celebration of all things Irish, Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a sea of green. A number of Irish civic organizations such as the Ancient Order of Hibernians, The Gaelic Athletic Association, and Firefighters Emerald Society of Atlanta will all be represented. There will also be a selection of dancers, Irish musicians, sixteen community bands, six floats, and the world’s largest walking Irish flag.
Feeling spry enough to want to begin your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations really early? Then you may want to consider participating in the 3rd Annual St. Patrick’s Parade 5k Race. The parade/race will begin at 10 a.m. It will start and end on Peachtree near 14th St. Entry fees are $40, which get you a t-shirt, finisher bling, and a finish picture.
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