St. Patrick's Day Celebrations

In Maryland, we're all Irish on St. Patty's Day!


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St. Patrick's Day Parade is one of many Irish Week events in Annapolis Photo By: Visit Annapolis

1 Annapolis Irish Week

March 5-17, 2016

In Annapolis the Irish Week extends for 12 days as Irish festivities of all types take center stage. March 5th, the Annapolis Shillelagh Shuffle Pub Crawl kicks off mid-day.The Annapolis Irish Hooley with the Dublin 5 is the same day from 6-10pm.. The Irish Parade overtakes Historic Annapolis on March 6 starting at 1pm.. Pop in Galway Bay post-Parade to hear Aine O'Doherty live, 3-7pm. On March 8, join the Traditional Irish Pub Song Club  at Killarney House at 7pm. Irish Whiskey Tasting on March 11 takes place at Galway Bay,7-9pm. March 12, the party at Fado includes the annual head-shaving fundraiser called Saint Baldrick's Head Shave. On March 14, celebrate Guinness at Galway Bay where from 6-8pm and have your glass pint engraved. The Young Dubliners return on March 16th to Rams Head on Stage at 8pm.  On March 17th, the entire City goes green wherever you look.

people running in a 5K Photo By: Celtic Canter & Downtown Irish Celebration

2 Celtic Canter 5K & Irish Celebration - Westminster

March 12, 2016
A full day of fun kicking-off with Celtic Canter 5K Race and a Leprechaun Chase!

The day will include kid's crafts, games, pub crawl, Highland game demonstrations, and live music.
Irish Celebration line-up:
10am - 2pm: Highland Games Demonstration (City Park)
10am - 2pm: Children's Crafts and Games (Library)
10am - 2pm: Vendor Village (Main Street)
10am - 2pm: Celtic Demonstration Area (Main Street)
10:30am - 12:30pm: Chainsaw Artist (Main Street)
1pm: Irish Author Event (Library)
1pm - 4pm: Pub Crawl (Main Street)

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Young marchers show dancing talent at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Gaithersburg Photo By: Photo courtesy City of Gaithersburg, Harp/Shamrock Society of Gaithersburg

3 St. Patrick's Day Parade - Gaithersburg!

March 12, 2016
The City of Gaithersburg partners with the Harp and Shamrock Society of Gaithersburg and Peterson Companies/Rio Washingtonian Center to host Celtic dancers, bagpipers, fire trucks, clowns, equestrian units and so much more. Parade steps off at the Washingtonian Center (I-370 & Washingtonian Blvd) at 10 am on March 12.  Live entertainment follows the parade and continues until 1 pm.
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Photo of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in progress in Ocean City Photo By: Town of Ocean City

4 Ocean City Gets Irish!

March 12, 2016
Ocean City puts on a parade that has made it famous. Everyone loves to be Irish at Ocean City's famous parade.  Marching units, floats, and local celebrities.  While the Parade begins at noon and travels Coastal Hwy. from 60th St. to 45th St.  The fun starts even earlier.  Arrive at 45th St. shopping area around 11 am and enjoy the Irish-American festival with food, drink and merriment.

Feel like a nice run on the Boardwalk?  Ocean City offers a St. Patty's Day Boardwalk 5K.  The race begins at 9 am.  Past races boasted over 1000 registered runners. The race begins on 4th St. at 9 am. The race offers a great Irish experience with refreshments and music post-race at Shenanigans Irish Pub.



5 Chesapeake City's Parade Honors St. Patrick's Day

March 12, 2016
Best Float, Most Spirit, Best Dressed & Erin Go Braugh are just some of the prizes awarded to talented marchers at the Chesapeake City St. Patrick's Day Parade  The parade kicks off at noon on March 12. The Mummer's Duffy String Jam Band entertains from Pell Gardens right after the parade.  Plus, local pubs are signed up for the Pub Crawl following the festivities.

Hog nosed snake celebrates St. Patrick's Day among the flowers Photo By: Ranger Melissa Tillery

6 Saint Patrick's Snakes - Baltimore

March 12-13, 2016
Legend says that Ireland can thank St. Patrick for its lack of snakes, but we’re thankful for the many snakes that call Robert E. Lee Park home! So we celebrate Saint Patrick's Snakes.  Come meet several friendly serpents and create a slithery craft.  Program is on March 12 and 13th from 2 pm - 4 pm.  Ages 5 and up, $3 per person ($2 members).

Baltimore City Pipe Band marches along Baltimore's Streets Photo By: Courtesy of

7 St. Patricks Day Parade - Baltimore

March 13, 2016
Baltimore’s St. Patrick Parade is truly the jewel in Maryland’s emerald crown. For more than 50 years, thousands of spectators from the region have crowded the streets and sidewalks of downtown Baltimore and the famous Inner Harbor to watch thousands more march and celebrate Irish culture, music, song, and dance.

Join the fun Sunday, March 13th as the Parade steps off at 2 pm at the Washington Monument and proceeds down Charles St. to Pratt at Market Place.

Want to do more than watch?  The Shamrock 5K takes place at 1:15pm immediately before the parade.  Online registration is open.