Overview of Irish Week 2015
Sponsorship of the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Seattle (Saturday, March 14), the Seattle Irish Festival at the Seattle Center (Sat,
March 14 and Sun, March 15) and other Irish Week Events, can deliver an estimated 13 million impressions to a family oriented audience in the #14 U.S.
Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Recognized as one of the Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Festivals in America, Seattle’s
St. Patrick’s Day Parade regularly attracts some 20,000 spectators along a 12-
block Fourth Avenue parade route from Fourth & Jefferson to Westlake Park in
downtown Seattle. The parade annually includes over 2,000 marchers
including bands, drill teams, community groups and other entertainers from
across Washington state. Among the annual favorites are the Seafair Clowns, Seafair Pirates, Keystone Cops,
Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums, Seattle Police Pipes and Drums, high school bands, drill teams and celebrities.
Date: Saturday, March 14 (12:30 noon to 2:30 p.m.).
Seattle Irish Festival at the Seattle Center
Seattle’s Irish Festival, a part of Festal at the Seattle Center (in the Armory, formerly known as Center House),
attracts some 15,000 participants each year. The two-day festival includes non-stop Irish music, singing, dancing,
workshops, lectures, art and cultural displays, children's contests and other activities, including artisans selling Irish
and Celtic products. The most popular activities include Champion Irish Stepdancers, the “Smilingest Irish Eyes”
Contest, the “Most Irish-Looking Face” Contest, and the Irish Reels Film Festival of contemporary Irish short films.
Date: Saturday, March 14, Sunday, March 15.
Other Irish Week Events
Irish Reels Film Festival (Sat, March 14 and Sun, March 15), Irish Genealogy Workshop (Sun. March 15, Sat. March
21), Irish Soda Bread Cooking Class (Sat. Feb. 21), Irish Soda Bread Contest (Sat. March 7), Mayor’s Irish Week
Proclamation Luncheon (Fri. March 13), Laying ‘O The Green (Fri. March 13), Matt Talbot Dinner (Sun. March 8),
Friends of St. Patrick Dinner (Sun. March 15), Gaelic Games Field Day (Sun. March 22).
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