Go Irish this March at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in San Diego

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Go Irish this March at the St. Patrick's Day Parade in San Diego

If San Diego's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival doesn't make you Irish, we don't know what you will! The festivities last all day long, with a morning parade that goes through downtown, before the Irish Festival commences at Balboa Park. With more than 100 entries in the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade, grab a good seat and enjoy great tunes from local marching bands, fire and police departments, dancers of all kinds - including roller skaters, drill teams and more - and the reigning Miss Colleen and Smiling Irishman. Make sure you bring a comfortable seat to enjoy the entire show, which begins with the pre-parade at 7:30am, followed by a dignitary breakfast, flag presentation ceremony and parade loop. With representatives all the way from Ireland, scout troops and equestrian masters, it's a sight you won't want to miss. Of course, no one can forget about the awards handed out to participants following their showcase - awards range from "Best High School Band" to the "Judge's Award for Special Entry," and are always a coveted prize. Once the festival loop ends (on Sixth and Juniper Street), the Irish Festival begins. There will be live entertainment suitable for the entire family, with folk sings, banjos and bagpipes just like they have back in the ol' country. The festival area opens at 9am for food and craft shopping, featuring two beer gardens where the Guinness will be flowing. Kids will enjoy the Kids Zone and you don't want to miss the Celtic Village - everything is free and open to the public, right in the heart of Balboa Park!

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