St. Patrick’s Day Parade


One of Northern California’s Largest and Most Colorful Parades Unites All Cultures

Hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green, along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors and a variety of cultural organizations, join together to be a part of the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12, 2016.  Always a free event, the parade steps off promptly at 1:00 p.m. from 2nd & I Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district.  This year’s event is managed by Unseen Heroes.

Over 50 units with nearly a thousand marchers will be featured in this years parade. Irish dancers in elaborate Celtic costumes, bagpipers, bands, military regiments, police and fire representatives, costumed marchers and a variety of cultural organizations bring back the luck of the Irish to the event. The parade draws people from all over Northern California, bringing together thousands in the 28-acre historic site.  Last year more than 15,000 people turned out to enjoy the festivities.

The day will include live entertainment before and after the parade.  The free event will feature Irish dancers, bagpipers, and other musical entertainment.  Event sponsors, local businesses and community vendors will also be on hand with activities for the kids.

All Old Sacramento streets close to traffic from noon to 3:00 p.m., as thousands line the streets and Gold-rush era wooden boardwalks to enjoy the festivities.  A reviewing stand is located at the intersection of Front & K Streets.


From clubs to schools, elected officials to fire departments. The Old Sacramento St. Patrick’s Parade hosts all kinds of entries.

To apply to march in the parade, click here

The deadline for entries is Friday, February 26, 2016.


The beloved Old Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade would not be possible without volunteers.

If you or your group are interested in volunteering, click here


Parade forms on 2nd Street between I Street and Lot W (near Railroad Museum)

Parade heads South on 2nd Street to L Street

Right (West) on L Street to Front Street

Right (North) on Front Street

Past the reviewing stand on Front & K Streets (in front of the Delta King) and across State Parks Property

Right (East) on I Street

Left (North) on 2nd Street back to the staging and parking area to disband

The 2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and support of:

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