Lexington’s St. Patrick’s parade is the city’s longest-running annual civic event. The parade and festival are part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 a.m. with the 12th annual Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity. At 11 a.m., the “Blessing of the Keg” at the Alltech tents at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza kicks off the free festival. The parade begins at 1 p.m.
Applications for parade participants and vendors can be found online at http://www.lexingtonstpatsparade.org/. Concession vendor applications are due by January 26. Applications for vendors for the Irish festival are due February 9. Parade entry forms are due by March 1.
11 a.m – Blessing of the Keg
11 a.m. – Bluegrass Ceili Academy
11:30 a.m. – Kentucky McTeggart Irish Dancers
Noon – Drunk & Sailor
1 p.m. – 39th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
2 p.m. – William Sutherland Reid Pipes & Drums
2:30 p.m. – Liam's Fancy
3:30 p.m. – Lexington Irish Dancers
4 p.m. – Kentucky United Pipes & Drums
5 p.m. – The Bold Brothers
Since 1980, the Bluegrass Irish Society has sponsored the city’s St. Patrick’s celebrations with the help of members and volunteers from throughout the community. For information on free membership in the society or to volunteer to help with the parade, visit http://bluegrassirishsociety.org/ and complete the online application.