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2010 Raleigh Saint Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 14th, 2010  12:00 Noon

 

27th Annual Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival  set for Saturday, March 14th in Downtown Raleigh

 

Raleigh, North Carolina – Rain or shine, at Noon on Saturday, March 14th downtown Raleigh will come alive with Celtic tradition as the 27th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival brings the ‘Wearin’ O The Green’ to the Capitol City.  The 2008 parade theme is “Celtic Roots - Southern Branches”, focusing on over 200 years of Irish and Scotch-Irish influences on the culture and history of the South and North Carolina. 

 

The parade will feature over 3,000 marchers including marching bands, floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities and civic, cultural, and social groups.  The Raleigh parade is the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southeast after Savannah, Georgia.  The Raleigh parade is a celebration for all ethnic groups and cultures.  The Grand Marshal for the parade is Harry Morgan, Police Chief for the City of Raleigh.

 

The celebration continues at the After-Parade Festival in Moore Square immediately following the parade with live Irish music by Eire Lingus and Homeland.  Additional highlights include the Green Beret Parachute Team jumping from an aircraft into Moore Square immediately following the parade.  Irish organization, ethnic and cultural tables will be set up in the square as well as children’s’ activities, and food and fun for all ages.

 

Moore Square After-Parade Festival Schedule

 

Green Beret Jumpers

1:30 Jumpers land via aircraft into Moore Square
and sign autographs

Celtic Stage Entertainment

1:00- 2:00 Eire Lingus

2:00- 3:00  Homeland

 

Martin Street Entertainment

Wake County Pipe and Drum Band

Inis Cairde Irish Dancers

Danny Tighe Irish Dancers

 

In memory of the more than one million Irish who died in the Potato Famine 150 years ago, marchers and spectators are asked to remember the hungry of North Carolina.  The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will accept canned food donations at the parade line-up area; along the parade route; and at Moore Square during the festival.

The parade starts at the corner of Cabarrus and Wilmington streets at 12:00 Noon. The route proceeds north on Wilmington to Davie Street. The route turns west to Fayetteville Street and continues north to the State House. The route will pass the State House on the east side and then turn heading east on Edenton Street. The route then turns south on Blount Street.


The Parade ends at Moore Square and the festival begins!

 

Media Contact: Meg Lavoie, Public Relations, 919-815-3361, info@raleighstpats.org. High resolution parade photos are available to the media for download at www.raleighstpats.org.

 

 

The Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is the organizer and sponsor for the parade and co-sponsor for the after parade activities held downtown in Moore Square. The parade keeps getting bigger and better every year. The Raleigh parade is now the second largest in the Southeast. The 2006 parade will be the 24th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Raleigh. The 2008 parade will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 beginning at 11:00 Noon.

 

The 2008 parade had over 3500 marchers including many floats, pipe and drum bands, horses and riders, Irish wolfhounds, and motorcycles. Charles Meeker, Raleigh Mayor, was the Grand Marshal. Following the parade, many activities were held in Moore Square...Irish and Scottish dancers, pipe and drum bands, face painting and games for the children, and there were two bands provided by the Raleigh Convention Center and G105 radio. The crowds along the parade route and in Moore Square were estimated at 20,000 people. The parade is a celebration for all ethnic groups and cultures.

 

The parade started in 1883 with a dozen or so enthusiastic Irish-Americans marching down Wilmington St. to the delight and curiosity of downtown residents, merchants and shoppers. The parade was organized initially by John McIntyre and Gail Massari. John and Gail kept the parade going and growing until 1888 when John was transferred to Germany. Prior to leaving for Germany they asked Raleigh's Friends of Ireland organization to continue the work they started. The Friends of Ireland board agreed to organize the parade. Frank Mellage, the current Parade Chairman, became involved with the parade at that time. He served on the Parade committee from 1889-1892 and became Chairman of the committee for the 1893 St. Patrick's Day Parade. The 2006 parade will be the 11th parade Frank has organized.

Past Grand Marshals
2004 Bill Gaines, Anchor of NBC 17 News (Raleigh)
2003 Mayor Charles Meeker (Raleigh)
2002 Jane Perlov, Raleigh Police Chief
2001 Sharon Delaney, Anchor of NBC 17 News (Raleigh)
2000 Paul Coble, Raleigh Mayor
1899 Kieran J. Shanhan, Raleigh City Council Member
1898 Donna Gregory, Anchor of NBC 17 News (Raleigh)
1897 Sylvia Wiggins, Exec. Director, Helping Hand Mission
1896 Pam Saulsby, Anchor, WRAL 5 News (Raleigh)
1895 Mayor Tom Fetzer, (Raleigh)
1894 Fred Heineman, Raleigh Police Chief
1893 David Allen, Anchor, Fox TV News
1892 John McIntyre, Parade Founder

Interested in being a Parade Sponsor?
The Committee is seeking sponsors for this year's Parade. Sponsors contributing a minimum of $200 will be included in the Parade Program and on the "Sponsors" page on
this web site. For more information, visit our page. 

After-Parade Festival in Moore Square
Join us after the parade in Moore Square for hours of entertainment, shopping, crafts and more! Visit the "Irish Village" for Irish goods and information on local Irish organizations. Enjoy live entertainment by musicians, dancers and bands. Headlining the Grand Stage will be Homeland Band. For more information, visit the After-Parade Festival page.

Parade Committee Members
The Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is composed of members from the three Irish organizations in the area: the Friends of Ireland; the Ancient Order of Hibernians; and the Ulster-Scots Society of America. Committee members include:

for more information visit our friends at http://www.raleighstpats.org/

 

 
 

 

2008 Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade

Saturday, March 15, 2008  12:00 Noon

 

26th Annual Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival  set for Saturday, March 15th in Downtown Raleigh

 

2008 Parade Theme: “Celtic Roots – Southern Branches”

Raleigh, North Carolina – Rain or shine, at Noon on Saturday, March 15th downtown Raleigh will come alive with Celtic tradition as the 26th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival brings the ‘Wearin’ O The Green’ to the Capitol City.  The 2008 parade theme is “Celtic Roots - Southern Branches”, focusing on over 200 years of Irish and Scotch-Irish influences on the culture and history of the South and North Carolina. 

 

The parade will feature over 3,000 marchers including marching bands, floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities and civic, cultural, and social groups.  The Raleigh parade is the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Southeast after Savannah, Georgia.  The Raleigh parade is a celebration for all ethnic groups and cultures.  The Grand Marshal for the parade is Harry Morgan, Police Chief for the City of Raleigh.

 

The celebration continues at the After-Parade Festival in Moore Square immediately following the parade with live Irish music by Eire Lingus and Homeland.  Additional highlights include the Green Beret Parachute Team jumping from an aircraft into Moore Square immediately following the parade.  Irish organization, ethnic and cultural tables will be set up in the square as well as children’s’ activities, and food and fun for all ages.

 

Moore Square After-Parade Festival Schedule

 

Green Beret Jumpers

1:30 Jumpers land via aircraft into Moore Square
and sign autographs

Celtic Stage Entertainment

1:00- 2:00 Eire Lingus

2:00- 3:00  Homeland

 

Martin Street Entertainment

Wake County Pipe and Drum Band

Inis Cairde Irish Dancers

Danny Tighe Irish Dancers

 

In memory of the more than one million Irish who died in the Potato Famine 150 years ago, marchers and spectators are asked to remember the hungry of North Carolina.  The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will accept canned food donations at the parade line-up area; along the parade route; and at Moore Square during the festival.

The parade starts at the corner of Cabarrus and Wilmington streets at 12:00 Noon. The route proceeds north on Wilmington to Davie Street. The route turns west to Fayetteville Street and continues north to the State House. The route will pass the State House on the east side and then turn heading east on Edenton Street. The route then turns south on Blount Street.


The Parade ends at Moore Square and the festival begins!

 

 

 

The Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee is the organizer and sponsor for the parade and co-sponsor for the after parade activities held downtown in Moore Square. The parade keeps getting bigger and better every year. The Raleigh parade is now the second largest in the Southeast. The 2006 parade will be the 24th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Raleigh. The 2008 parade will be held on Saturday, March 15, 2008 beginning at 12:00 Noon.

 

The 2008 parade had over 3500 marchers including many floats, pipe and drum bands, horses and riders, Irish wolfhounds, and motorcycles. Charles Meeker, Raleigh Mayor, was the Grand Marshal. Following the parade, many activities were held in Moore Square...Irish and Scottish dancers, pipe and drum bands, face painting and games for the children, and there were two bands provided by the Raleigh Convention Center and G105 radio. The crowds along the parade route and in Moore Square were estimated at 20,000 people. The parade is a celebration for all ethnic groups and cultures.

 

The parade started in 1883 with a dozen or so enthusiastic Irish-Americans marching down Wilmington St. to the delight and curiosity of downtown residents, merchants and shoppers. The parade was organized initially by John McIntyre and Gail Massari. John and Gail kept the parade going and growing until 1888 when John was transferred to Germany. Prior to leaving for Germany they asked Raleigh's Friends of Ireland organization to continue the work they started. The Friends of Ireland board agreed to organize the parade. Frank Mellage, the current Parade Chairman, became involved with the parade at that time. He served on the Parade committee from 1889-1892 and became Chairman of the committee for the 1893 St. Patrick's Day Parade. The 2006 parade will be the 11th parade Frank has organized.

Past Grand Marshals
2004 Bill Gaines, Anchor of NBC 17 News (Raleigh)
2003 Mayor Charles Meeker (Raleigh)
2002 Jane Perlov, Raleigh Police Chief
2001 Sharon Delaney, Anchor of NBC 17 News (Raleigh)
2000 Paul Coble, Raleigh Mayor
1899 Kieran J. Shanhan, Raleigh City Council Member
1898 Donna Gregory, Anchor of NBC 17 News (Raleigh)
1897 Sylvia Wiggins, Exec. Director, Helping Hand Mission
1896 Pam Saulsby, Anchor, WRAL 5 News (Raleigh)
1895 Mayor Tom Fetzer, (Raleigh)
1894 Fred Heineman, Raleigh Police Chief
1893 David Allen, Anchor, Fox TV News
1892 John McIntyre, Parade Founder

Interested in being a Parade Sponsor?
The Committee is seeking sponsors for this year's Parade. Sponsors contributing a minimum of $200 will be included in the Parade Program and on the "Sponsors" page on
this web site. For more information, visit our page. 

After-Parade Festival in Moore Square
Join us after the parade in Moore Square for hours of entertainment, shopping, crafts and more! Visit the "Irish Village" for Irish goods and information on local Irish organizations. Enjoy live entertainment by musicians, dancers and bands. Headlining the Grand Stage will be Homeland Band. For more information, visit the After-Parade Festival page.

Parade Committee Members
The Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee is composed of members from the three Irish organizations in the area: the Friends of Ireland; the Ancient Order of Hibernians; and the Ulster-Scots Society of America. Committee members include:

for more information visit our friends at http://www.raleighstpats.org/