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 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade presented by Hornblower Cruises and Events on Saturday, March 14, 2015.  Always a free event, the parade steps off promptly at 1:00 p.m. from 2nd & L Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeds throughout the national historic landmark district.  This year’s event is managed by Unseen Heroes and presented along with the Sacramento Shamrock Club.

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 on K Street (between Front and 2nd streets) from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  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.

Old Sacramento’s festivities will include St. Patrick’s River Cruises at 11:30 a.m. and 3 and 4:30 p.m. on the Capitol Hornblower.  The $20 one-hour cruise includes a face painter and balloon artists for the kids, and scenic views of the American and Sacramento rivers and live history narration by the captain.  More info and reservations at

“The O’Sacramento parade is a family-centered event that has become a much-anticipated celebration.  It is one of Sacramento’s most colorful and fun traditions,” said Chris McSwain, Executive Director of the Old Sacramento Business Association.  “We are proud to host this annual signature event that Northern California residents and their families can enjoy.”

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.

The deadline for entries is Saturday, February 28, 2015.  To apply to enter the parade download and complete these forms:

General Release Form

Entry Form

K Street Exhibit Area


Parade forms on 2nd Street between Neasham Circle and O Street (near Crocker Art Museum)

Parade heads North on 2nd Street to J Street

Left (West) on J Street to Front Street

Left (South) on Front Street

Past the reviewing stand on Front & K Streets (in front of the Delta King)

Left (East) on L Street

Right (South) on 2nd Street back to the staging and parking area to disband.


10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. K Street closed (between Front & 2nd St.)
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Entertainment Zone on K St.
12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. All Old Sac streets closed to vehicle traffic
1:00 p.m. – 19th Annual St. Patrick’s Parade begins

Other things to do:

  • Enjoy a unique perspective of Sacramento with a Hornblower River Cruise.  Click here for more information.

Thank you to our sponsors:

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