The largest St Patrick's celebration in NW Florida takes place March 12th on Florida Scenic Highway 30a with the parade at 1pm. and the festival at Gulf Place at 2pm.
We have a fabulous day lined up:
St Patrick's Parade 1pm
– Grand Marshal Staff Sgt Aaron Hale. We are honored to have Aaron head the parade as the Grand Marshal. Please support Aaron by lining 30a to welcome him in the lead car from Redfish Village to Gulf Place.
Kids adventure zone with 27 ft slide.
Adult tickets $10 include one green beer or lemonade, swag and commemorative cup
Kids 0-4 free
Kids 5-17 $5
VIP tickets $22.50 including green beer, corned beef cabbage, swag bag, and preferred table seating.
VIP Tickets Inc food/bev
Schedule of events (all times are approximate and SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
EVENT: 1pm 30a St Patricks Parade — from The Preserve east of Redfish Village. Start lineup at noon
EVENT: 2pm: Gulf Place Green: Music kick off with the Tallahassee Step Dance Crew !
"Wee Folk" Adventure area lots of fun kids things – face painting – slides – and kids zone.
EVENT: 3 PM Costume contests MC Chelsea Nightly Q92
EVENT: 3.30 PM From Michigan The Tosspints.
Their powerful stage presence and unending barrage of music from the beginning of their set to the end of the dark, yet high energy show has earned them spots on stage with iconic underground rock heroes such as The Dropkick Murphys
EVENT: 4.30 PM WHISKEY OF THE DAMNED CELTIC ROCK BAND
Whiskey of the Damned is a five piece Celtic influenced rock group put together by Ireland native Eoin McCarthy. They are a fast rising group of talented musicians dedicated to playing high energy, raucous concerts filled with an unmistakable mixture of American and Irish rock. A maniac group of celtic gypsy carnies, the band almost never leaves the road. Bringing their unique brand of foot stomping roaring mayhem to cities and towns across the country.
EVENT: 5.00 pm BEST IN PARADE AWARDS
EVENT: 5.15PM Eoin McCarthy from Dublin and WHISKEY OF THE DAMNED
Everyone is Irish for a Day on St Patrick's Day, and where better to celebrate the greenest day of the year but on with one of the premier events on the Emerald Coast.
World's tallest Leprechaun Balloon Maker
Honoring Staff Sgt Aaron Hale as Grand Marshal at 9th Annual St Patrick’s Parade and Festival.
On December 8, 2011, Staff Sergeant Hale, an EOD technician, was severely injured in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device (IED) detonated. Every bone in SSG Hale’s face was broken, he suffered severe burns, and was left completely blind. He served a tour in Iraq and two tours in Afghanistan. SSG Hale’s unit completed 1,100 counter-IED missions, destroying more than 20,000 pounds of enemy explosives.
SSG Hale, a Purple Heart recipient, estimates he disabled as many as 50 explosive devices during his last tour in Afghanistan. Since being injured, Aaron has conquered many mountains, including climbing Mount Mariposa in the Peruvian Andes with the veterans group, Soldiers to Summits. Aaron also enjoys kayaking, white water rapid riding, and has run four marathons.
Face Painting for the kids
Irish Step Dance from Tallahassee 2-2.45pm