By Bryan Carey

Saint Patrick’s Day is a celebration of all things Irish and it is common to find local festivities featuring food drink, and green colors. Saint Patrick’s Day is also about parades and here in Houston, we have one of the nation’s largest Saint Patrick’s parade celebrations. Weaving up and down the streets of downtown Houston, the Saint Patrick’s Parade is a fun way to commemorate Irish culture and all that it has contributed to American society. Here is your guide to upcoming Saint Patrick’s events and the parade itself, scheduled for Saturday, March 11, 2017 starting at noon:

Minute Maid Park
501 Crawford St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 259-8000

Date: Saturday, March 11 at 12 p.m.

Best known as the home to the Houston Astros, Minute Maid Park serves as the starting point for the Houston Saint Patrick’s Parade. Beginning at 12 p.m., the assortment of floats, marching bands, and performers will make their way west on Texas Avenue before turning on different streets in downtown, ultimately making their way back to Texas Avenue and ending on St. Emanuel Street. This year’s parade will feature more than 100 entries, each of them contributing to the celebration of Irish culture in their own unique way. Parking can be found throughout downtown in the numerous parking garages, including the many large parking complexes surrounding Minute Maid Park.

Irish Music Festival And Stew Cook- Off

If you’re looking for a prelude to the Houston Saint Patrick’s Parade, an event you don’t want to miss is the Irish Music Festival and Cook- Off. scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. This food- focused event brings together the cooking talents of Houston area residents who vie for the top Irish cuisine in multiple categories. The cook- off will take place at Lucky’s Pub, located in downtown Houston at 801 St. Emanuel Street with musical entertainment provided by the Houston Highlanders, Murder the Stout, Los Vertigos, Trenwryk, and other local talent.

Irish Open Golf Tournament

Another Saint Patrick’s event not to miss is the Irish Open Golf Tournament, scheduled for Friday, March 4, 2017 at the Wildcat Golf Course. Now in its 34th year, this lead up the Saint Patrick’s Parade is sponsored by Griff’s Irish Pub and features a full 18 holes of golf with prizes awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers as well as to the person with the longest drive and the person who hits their golf ball closes to the cup. The Irish Open Golf Tournament will include lunch with complimentary beverages served by Houston’s Most Beautiful Babes and it is a popular event with local corporations, many of which sign up a full team of players to compete for prizes.

Dick Dowling Statue Cleaning And Ceremony

One of the most important individuals in Houston history, Dick Dowling was born in County Galway, Ireland and relocated to the United States when his parents fled the homeland in the midst of the potato famine. A notable Civil War hero and local businessman, Dick Dowling’s memory lives on and each year, a ceremony is held in his honor on the Sunday before Saint Patrick’s Day. This year, the event will take place on Sunday, March 11, 2017 at the Dick Dowling statue and monument in Hermann Park.

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Houston Saint Patrick’s Parade Awards Ceremony

Wrapping up the Houston Saint Patrick’s Parade is the annual awards ceremony and after party. Held immediately following the parade, this year’s awards ceremony will take place at Lucky’s Pub, 801 St. Emanuel Street and will feature special words of thanks and recognition to those who help plan and organizing the parade and make it such a great success. Enjoy some Irish food and drink at Lucky’s Pub before you depart, as a final nod to Irish culture and heritage.It’s the perfect way to conclude this celebration of all things Irish, right in downtown Houston, and a great opportunity to meet the people who work behind the scenes.

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