Houston Tx St Patrick's Day Parades
It has been said that Houston Tx has one of the lowest Irish populations in the country living here, but there is no shortage in the amount of Irish Pubs. So even though we may not have a vast amount of Irish citizens, the amount of adopted Irish is huge. There are two parades going on in Houston.
St Patrick's Day 30th Anniversary "1960" Parade:
The 1960 St. Patrick's Day Parade is Sunday, March 16th, 2008 at 2pm. The parade benefits Cypress Creek EMS Public Education Programs like car seat inspections, bike rodeos and ambulance tours for children. The parade has raised more than $100,000 over just the last 5 years. Entries must be received by March 10, 2008.
The 1960 parade begins at 2pm and proceeds down FM 1960 from Champion Forest Drive to Kuykendahl. Last year, over 100 entries and at least 75,000 spectators attended the parade. This is free to the public and is one of Northwest Houston's largest community events. The Parade Grand Marshall is going to be Coach Domicic Kinnear, the Houston Dynamo's Head Coach.
Downtown Houston 49th Annual St Patrick's Day Parade:
The Houston Downtown St Patrick's Day Parade begins on Saturday, March 15th at 12 noon. This is a free event is a 2 hr. event and is one of the largest in the U.S. and plans to have 127 entries for all the Irish and Irish at heart! The parade starts and ends at Minutemaid Park at the intersection of Texas & Hamilton in downtown Houston.
The first St. Patrick's Day parade in Houston dates back to the 1880's and was always on St. Patrick's Day. It started in "Irish Town" by old St. Patrick's Church on Harrisburg. The parade continued until the depression and WWI & WWII when the parade disappeared. However, in the late 1940's, Houston Oilman, Glen McCarthy built the Shamrock Hotel and the Irish culture associated this with good times again. In 1960, two radio personalities announced a St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Houston and has always carried the theme "Everyone is Irish-If only for the Day". It has been going strong ever since!
All of Houston will be going Green for St Patrick's Day!
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