City of Alexandria and the Ballyshaners Host 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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  • On Saturday, March 6, the City of Alexandria and the Ballyshaners host the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
  • Additional festivities include Classic Car Competition and Fun Dog Show.

More Information:

On Saturday, March 6, the City of Alexandria and the Ballyshaners (Gaelic for “Old Towners”) will host the 29th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, in celebration of Irish-American heritage. The parade begins at King and West Streets and follows a route down King Street, past the reviewing stand at North Royal Street, and ends on the block of Fairfax Street between King Street and Cameron Street. The parade will begin at 12:30 p.m., and is expected to conclude by 2:30 p.m. The Grand Marshal for the 2010 Parade will be General Ann E. Dunwoody, Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command.
The day’s festivities officially kick off with the Classic Car Show Competition. The show starts at 10 a.m. with automobiles on display on North Pitt Street at King Street. The Fun Dog Show begins at 10:30 a.m. in Market Square (corner of North Royal and King Streets) and will conclude at noon.

Due to the closure of King Street for St. Patrick's Day Parade, the King Street Trolley will begin service at 3:30 pm.
All events are sponsored by the Ballyshaners, a not-for-profit group that organizes and orchestrates the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade in partnership with the City of Alexandria. For more information, visit

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