Hollywood, Florida will be going green in a big way on Sunday, March 10, 2013 beginning at noon and continuing throughout the day until 6:00 p.m. It’s the 15th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, which is organized by the Hibernians, a fraternal organization comprised of Irish Catholics, and the City of Hollywood. Thousands of people, Irish and non-Irish alike, will be attending this much-beloved event that takes place at Anniversary Park in downtown.  There will be something for everyone, including a whole host of traditional Irish bands who will be filling the air with their mellifluous sounds at the corner of 19th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard for much of the afternoon. The little ones will have big fun with an array of games and activities. And this being an Irish affair, there will be no shortage of fine food and drink. Visitors can patronize the delightful downtown restaurants where a menu of specials will be waiting for them, such as Shepherd's Pie, corned beef and cabbage, and drinks the shade of shamrocks (but a lot better tasting).

The St. Paddy’s Day Parade gets started at 1:00 p.m. sharp and you will not want to miss a moment of it as it heads down Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street. Popular radio celebrity John "Footy" Kross will be the master of ceremonies for the parade, which is going to feature entertainment galore. In addition to dozens of floats, spectators will be treated to five (count ‘em, five) pipe bands. Making a special appearance all the way from NYC is the New York Police Department Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Corps. There will also be incomparable Irish step dancers and marvelous marching bands. But wait, there’s more. The renowned Budweiser Clydesdales will be there all their glory pulling the Budweiser beer wagon behind them.  This year’s Parade Grand Marshal is Eugene Flynn, a Hibernians of Hollywood charter member and the Junior Grand Marshal is Shawn Patrick MacLean, Special Olympic Gold Medalist.

If you don’t make the St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival, we guarantee you will be green with envy. Get all the details at www.stpatricksparade.com/.row of japanese drums and hands with sticks

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