For nearly 20 years, Wilmington locals and visitors alike have flocked to the edge of the waterfront downtown to enjoy one of the town’s favorite springtime celebrations, the Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. This yearly celebration has become a favorite way to ring in St. Patrick’s Day with style, and is a wonderful precursor to Wilmington’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival, which immediately follows the colorful parade.
The Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is orchestrated by the Wilmington Ancient Order of Hibernians, which is America’s oldest Irish Catholic Fraternal Organization, although numerous businesses and organizations step up to the plate to provide colorful floats, music, and plenty of ways to celebrate. The parade begins in the heart of the downtown area along Front Street, and then makes its way down Princess Street before turning left on Water Street towards the grandstand at Riverfront Park. After the parade, the St. Patrick’s Day Festival kicks off at the park, and all attendees are welcome to stick around to enjoy the ensuing celebration. A fun event for visitors of all ages, the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is a great way for folks to ring in the arrival of spring while enjoying waterfront Wilmington.