DOGTOWN – All indicators are green for the return of St. Patrick’s Day festivities to the Dogtown neighborhood, after a lapse of two years. On Thursday, March 17 – the actual date of St. Patrick’s Day – the celebration will feature the Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade followed by the Dogtown Irish Festival.
In 2020, at the beginning of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., both events had to be canceled just days before the planned event. Last year, as the pandemic continued, organizers made the call in January to cancel the events.
But this year, parade and festival organizers decided it was safe for both the parade and festival to return, with care.
This year’s parade will be as grand as ever, with more than 90 floats featuring Irish clans and salutes to Irish heritage, history, faith and culture. The parade will step off at 11:00 a.m., starting at Tamm and Oakland avenues and rolling south to Manchester Avenue. The Dogtown Irish Festival, which highlights the neighborhood’s history and spirit, will start after the parade.
On Wednesday night at 5 p.m., a special Mass to celebrate the venerable Irish saint will be held at the historic St. James the Greater Catholic Church at 6401 Wade Avenue in Dogtown.
After Mass, there will be a ceremony sponsored by Guinness in the St. James Parish Center to officially kick off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with the tapping of the first keg and pouring of a Guinness Stout as the first beer of the celebration.
Live Irish music will entertain the crowd, and corned beef and cabbage dinners will be served.