Put on your green, kilt and grab a shillelagh for the St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Organized by The Hibernian Society of Utah, the parade is quintessential Utah with local families (particularly those with Irish surnames), organizations, dancers, bagpipers and more making their way through The Gateway.
The route starts at the intersection of 400 West and 200 North, heading south on 400 west. It turns west on to 50 North, and then on to Rio Grande Avenue (the street with the Gateway's storefronts). Altogether, it's just less than a mile. Make sure you get there early. Empty spots to watch the parade fill up fast.
This year's theme is Shamrocks, Shillelaghs and Shenanigans. For those who don't know, a shillelagh is a cudgel made of hard wood and is slightly smaller than a walking stick—perfect for carrying in a parade.
The parade starts March 16 at 10 a.m. and is immediately followed by the Siamsa, where guests can enjoy Irish food, beverages and entertainment for an authentic St. Paddy's party. St. Patrick's Day Mass will be held at St. Joseph the Worker (7405 Redwood Rd.), followed by a corned beef and cabbage dinner on March 17.
Click here for more info on the parade and the Hibernian Society's other events.
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