St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Old Town Alexandria

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There are only a few weeks until the official start of spring and we can only hope that the weather will get the memo as well.  We are really looking forward to the return of the beautiful cherry blossoms! A few weeks ago, we got lucky and had some beautiful weather so we headed to Old Town Alexandria to celebrate a popular spring holiday – St. Patrick’s Day!

On March 1st, Old Town Alexandria celebrated St. Patrick’s Day with a festive parade.  Visitors lined King Street to enjoy the parade featuring bagpipers, Irish dancers. and local businesses.  We arrived in Old Town a little early to have lunch at one of our favorite spots Bugsy’s Pizza Restaurant  for the all you can eat pizza buffet! We saw lots of people at Bugsy’s and around King Street dressed in festive St. Patrick’s Day green.

Around 12:30, we joined the visitors on King Street to watch the parade. There were several groups of bagpipers who were all dressed in traditional Irish fashion.  Their traditional music really set the tone for the parade. We also particularly enjoyed the Irish dancing groups who featured incredibly talented men and women. There were also some young Irish dancers who were not only talented but pretty cute as well! One of our favorite floats was local brewery Port City – they drove by in a giant 6-pack! Check these guys out if you haven’t already. They offer great tours and tastings of local beers!

Old Town Alexandria will be warming up soon – we hope! We love the local feel Old Town has to offer. There are so many local shops and restaurants to explore. Plus, the warmer weather often means great street performers will be lining the waterfront. You can find future events, activities, and places to eat at

Good For:
Parade lovers, outside fun


King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Closest Metro:
King Street (blue, yellow)

About Kelley Smith 71 Articles
I'm Kelley Smith and I love sharing tips on how to best explore Washington, DC. I love pretty much anything I can eat plus really good beer and whiskey served by story telling bartenders. I also like sassy museum guides, photogenic architecture, and colorful urban gardens.

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