So you won’t see businesses promoting themselves with St. Patrick’s Day parade floats. Instead, the 50-unit parade will be filled primarily with bands, dancers and beauty queens. A Marine band from Cherry Point will be among the highlighted entrants. The parade marched down
After the parade, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival opens at
Entertainment at the festival includes music by the Wilmington Police Department’s pipe and drum band, No Dollar $hoes and The Malones. Traditional Irish dancing will be performed by the Walsh Kelley School of Irish Dancing and the Slainte UNCW Irish Dance Club.
One thing that will be missing will be local Irish restaurants serving great food. St. Patrick’s Day is such a busy time for Irish restaurants that they are unable to dedicate a crew to serving food at the festival.
Guinness will be served at the festival, of course, but organizers stressed that the festival is family-friendly.
There may be some shenanigans at the bars on Saturday (and Sunday) night, but on Sunday afternoon, the party isn’t quite so raucous.
"We want to push the fact that this is a family-friendly event," said Chris Andrews of Cool Wilmington!, which is producing the festival. "It’s not a big drink-off."
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival
· Downtown Wilmington (festival at Riverfront Park)
· Parade at 11 a.m., festival noon-6 p.m., Saturday, March 16.
· Free. For more information, call Chris Andrews at 216-374-8884 or visit CoolWilmington.com.