SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 2014
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, joined together to be a part of the 18th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 15, 2014. Always a free event, the parade stepped off promptly at 1:00 p.m. from 2nd & L Streets in Old Sacramento and proceeded throughout the national historic landmark.
Over 80 units with more than 1,000 marchers were 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 brought 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 state park. Last year more than 15,000 people turned out to enjoy the festivities.
“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, Business District Manager of the Old Sacramento Business Association. “We are proud to host this annual signature event that Northern California residents and their families can enjoy,” McSwain continued.
All Old Sacramento streets closed to traffic from noon to 3:00 p.m., as thousands lined the streets and Gold-rush era wooden boardwalks to enjoy the festivities. A reviewing stand was located at the intersection of Front & K Streets. Increased safety measures were enforced to provide a safe, secure and family-friendly event, as police officers, firefighters and paramedics were on-hand during the festivities.
2014 PARADE ROUTE
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.
Here is more information about St Patricks Day Parades in California.