Come out and celebrate the best of Irish culture and heritage at the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire. Held every year in Phoenix, this event is popular with families from around the state. With a parade, music and dance performances, children's games and plenty of delicious food options, there's something to do for everyone in the family. Whether you're Irish or you simply want a reason to celebrate the arrival of spring, this is the perfect option.
Pack your walking shoes because you won't want to miss any of the exciting events at the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire. The fun starts with the parade, which is packed with local bands, groups and floats. Get there early to secure a good viewing spot next to the road.
After the parade, head down to the Faire to keep the fun going. Start with a stop at one of the four stages, which host a wide range of performances. At the Patrick's Stage on the east side, the morning starts with the Celtic vocals and instrumentals of Pat McCrossan and Seisiun 8. Throughout the afternoon, you can watch Irish dance troupes, including The McTeggart Irish Dancers, Celtic Steps and the Phoenix Irish Step Dancers.
Across the park, the George O'Brien Memorial Stage offers a lineup of Irish bands. The Big Fellahs start out the day, followed by groups including the Saints of Eirinn, Spirited Lads and Paddy's Peg Leg. You won't want to miss Kilted Spirit, which closes out the event with lively music that's sure to have everyone dancing.
Ready for a snack? Head to the Great Hall, "In an Halla Mor," where you can enjoy tea and Irish baked goods while you watch more Irish performances. Get ready to laugh at 11:45 a.m. when Anne M. McDowell and Dr. Mary Aldridge will delight the crowd with stories, jokes and poems. Other acts include De Mairt Ceol and Celtic Moments. If you're bringing kids, don't miss Bill Scott's Musicate Show and Irish step dancing instruction from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the kid's stage. At 12:30 p.m., your little ones can learn the Irish language with Vicki Champion.
That's not all the Faire has to offer. In the VIP Arizona Craft Beer and Guinness Tasting area, you can listen to music while you enjoy a beer. Head to the Cottage area to participate in an Irish tea ceremony; it happens six times and costs an additional $10. Upstairs, you can learn about Irish culture in Phoenix at the Friends of the St. Patrick Centre Exhibit. You could also pop over to the McClelland Library for the book sale and an educational display about genealogy and the Book of Kells. As you explore the Faire, you'll find a variety of booths selling Irish crafts, snacks and more.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire happens in the center of the Phoenix metro area. The parade starts at Saint Mary's Catholic High School in Monterey and runs down North 3rd Street to the Arizona School for the Arts. The Faire takes place a few blocks away at the sprawling Margaret T. Hance Park.
Since the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire is a one-day event, the organizers don't make special provisions for RVers. However, Phoenix is a fantastic place for RVing, so it's easy to find accommodations; plus, the early spring weather is ideal for outdoor fun before and after the Faire. Don't have an RV? An RV rental from RVshare is a great way to experience the fun of camping during the St. Patrick's Day celebrations.
Since the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire is in the middle of Phoenix, you won't find RV spots nearby. Some of the closest RV parks are Trailer Corral and Covered Wagon RV Park. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, however, it's a good idea to reserve a site at the many fantastic parks that sit on the edge of the Phoenix metro area.
If you're interested in a classic desert mountain environment, drive about 33 miles east to Usery Mountain Regional Park. This is a great option if you have a big rig; the park holds RVs up to 45 feet long. Every site has water and electrical hookups, and there's a dump station on-site. When you're not attending the St. Patrick's Day celebrations, you can hike or horseback ride among the cacti. At nearby Lost Dutchman State Park, be sure to bring your camera to capture the red rock bluffs rising above the desert. Plus, with 134 sites at the park, you have a good chance of getting a reservation. A few of the sites offer RV hookups for a comfortable camping experience.
Need more amenities? You'll also find great RV parks, such as the Mesa/Apache Junction KOA Journey, the Monte Vista RV Resort and the Golden Sun RV Resort, in this part of the city.
On the west side of the city, campsites in White Tank Mountain Regional Park offer some of the most spectacular sunsets in the area. The 40 sites offer electrical and water hookups, and the flush toilets and showers keep your whole family comfortable. This park is also about 33 miles from the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire. A little to the south, Estrella Mountain Regional Park also offers a few campsites.
The closest hotels to the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire are located south of Interstate 10. The Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix, Sonder Central Corridor, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Stay Alfred at Union at Roosevelt are all within walking distance of the Faire. You'll also find a cluster of hotels a few blocks south near the Arizona State University Downtown Phoenix campus. If you're bringing a car, you can find plenty of great deals throughout the city.
Getting to the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire is easy; Interstate 10 runs directly underneath the park where the Faire is held.
Are you planning to drive a passenger vehicle to the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Faire? There's plenty of parking near both events. Arrive early, and you should be able to find a metered spot without any trouble. Nearby parking structures include Republic Parking, 301-399 W Culver St Parking and 67 W Culver St Parking. If you buy your ticket in advance online, you'll get free parking in the 1850 North Central Avenue garage. From the garage, there's a free shuttle that runs to and from the Faire.
Keep in mind that navigating the area around the parade and Faire can be difficult in an RV because of the tight turns and the occasional narrow road, and event road closures can also cause issues. An easier option is to look for a big-box store or a shopping mall near a Phoenix light rail station; then, you can leave your RV in the parking lot and take the train down to the parade. Look to the areas north of Interstate 10. The Marketplace at Central shopping center has a large parking lot, and the Dunlap Avenue and Central Avenue light rail station is right next door. From there, you can ride the light rail south to the McDowell/Central Avenue station. Both the parade route and the Faire location are a few blocks away. Note that many light rail lots also offer free parking.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is free for everyone to attend. Tickets to the Faire, however, cost $12 per person; kids 12 and under are free. If you don't want to wait in line on the day of the event, you can buy tickets online.
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