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St. Patrick's parade, festival Saturday

St. Patrick's parade, festival Saturday

CREATED Mar 17, 2012

Web Producer: Marissa Pasquet

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The 2012 parade will feature marchers including floats, military units, local dignitaries, media and entertainment personalities and civic, cultural and social groups. The Tucson parade has a 25-year history and provides a good time for the entire family.

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival opens at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 17 at El Presidio Park Plaza, 160 W. Alameda Street, with live Irish music, dancers, entertainment, a children’s game area, and food and merchandise vendors.  Irish organizations, ethnic and cultural tables will be set up in the park as well.

The one hour Parade starting at 11:00 a.m. at Pennington & Stone Avenue is making its way through Downtown,  around the Presidio, down Main,  and through the heart of Tucson.

The 2012 parade and Festival theme, “Honoring our Founders”, will pay tribute to our parade founders, celebrate their vision, and honor their dedication to the Irish and Tucson community.

Grand Marshal will be Mike Haggerty, one of our parade founders!

Portion of Festival Proceeds to benefit the Tucson Police Officers Association.

In memory of the more than one million Irish who died in the Potato Famine 150 years ago, marchers and spectators are asked to remember the hungry of Tucson. The Community Food Bank will accept canned food donations during the Festival.