st. pat parade photo

A leprechaun carries a flag at a former St. Patrick's Day Parade.

RACINE — The 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Downtown Racine Corp., will step off at noon Saturday, March 17, at State and Main streets.

It will be a day filled with Irish fun for the whole family. Food and Irish beverages will be available at Downtown restaurants and taverns.

The parade will proceed south on Main Street, west on Sixth Street and end at City Hall. Dozens of entries will be featured including dance routines from Masters of Movements and others, cheering, singing, wacky vehicles by Bill Reid, the Racine Raiders football team, music from the REAL school band and even dogs.

“This parade kicks off the start to Spring in Downtown Racine and we are excited to be able to offer this to our community for 12 years running,” said Kelly Kruse, DRC executive director.

“Come early to reserve your parade viewing spot and take a stroll through the streets of downtown. Grab some brunch, an early lunch or grab a warm drink while you wait for the festivities to kick off. There will be St. Patrick’s Day specials abound.”

Parade goers can grab a pack of hand-crafted French macarons or gelato from Divino Gelato, or a warm hot chocolate and bag of popcorn from Sugar Shack. Want something a little stronger? How about a $1 green beer, $5 Guinness pints or $3 Tully shots from Third Coast Wood Fire Pizza and Pub or pick from a selection of $5 Irish beers from Ivanhoe? Uncorkt will be offering free samples of Kerrygold Irish cream liqueur, Dubliner Irish whiskey and honeycomb liqueur.

The Downtown Racine Corp. is still accepting parade applications. Go to for a parade application.


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