There’s a change in store for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 17, in downtown Columbus.
The annual parade steps off at 12:15 p.m. from the intersection of West Broad Street and Washington Boulevard. It will travel east on Broad and north on High Street to the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
Mike Redmond, past president of the Shamrock Club of Columbus, which organizes the activities, said the change in the parade route is because of a relocation of worship services from St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 280 N. Grant Ave., to St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 212 E. Broad St.
St. Patrick’s, was too small to accommodate the crowd, so the service was moved to the larger church, Redmond said.
It saved the club some money, too, because the parade route has fewer streets, resulting in fewer paid special-duty police officers, he said.
“We save a little by changing it around this year,” Redmond said.
The 2019 Shamrock Club of Columbus honorees are parade marshal Rick Ralston; Rich Finn, Irishman of the Year; and Dan and Penny Giesemann, members of the year.
The annual Shamrock Club badges will be for sale along the parade route. The cost is $2 each or 3 for $5. A bag of 25 costs $35. The sale of badges helps the club defray the costs of the parade and celebration.
Dance troupes and bands in the parade include: Irwin Academy of Irish Dance, Moriarty Lukyanova Dance Academy, Regan Rankin Holland Academy of Irish Dance, Richens/Timm Irish Dance Academy, Bishop Ready High School Band, John Marshall Fife & Drum Corps and St. Francis DeSales High School Marching Band.
The Irish Family Reunion starts at noon in the Greater Columbus Convention Center after the parade.
The opening prayer and introductions are scheduled at 1:15 and 1:45 p.m., followed by Irish dancing and live music.
Admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 5-17 and free for those 4 and younger.
The entertainment continues at the Shamrock Club of Columbus, 60 W. Castle Road, immediately following the festivities at the Convention Center.
Doors open at 4 p.m. with entertainment by the McIans at 7:30 p.m.
There is a $5 cover charge for members and nonmembers starting at 5 p.m.
Food will be available for purchase. The evening will be capped off about 11 p.m. with the traditional return of the Shamrock Club Pipes and Drums.