St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cooper Young

Join us on Thursday, March 17 at 10:00 am to celebrate all things Irish and Memphis in our inaugural St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The parade hosted by the Memphis Irish Society (MIS) will be celebrating a special anniversary on this day.  Every March is National Irish Heritage month, with St. Patrick’s Day falling right in the middle of the month.  This year is special because it marks the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.  The beginning of the Irish revolution, which resulted in Irish independence after 700 years of occupation!

The Memphis Irish Society has had a presence in Memphis for the last 200 years.  They foster education in and celebration of Irish heritage, culture and people.  Currently, there are 135 member households of the MIS throughout the Mid-South.  St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland.  St. Patrick rid the isle of snakes and converted the native people to Christianity, among many other marvelous acts.  On March 17, the American Irish along with the Irish in Ireland celebrate all manner of Irish culture and heritage with parades, ceilidhs (parties, pronounced “KAY-lees), concerts, dancing, singing, feasting and going to church.

Please join us as we have our own celebration here in Cooper Young.  Cooper Street will close at 10:00 am between York and Walker Streets and the parade will start.  The parade will begin at the parking lot of First Congregational Church at 1000 South Cooper and will precede north on Cooper Street to Memphis Made Brewing Company at 768 South Cooper.

St. Patrick Church is this year’s official Grand Marshal. There are numerous organizations joining us in the celebration such as Central BBQ, High School bands, the Grizz Crew & Grizz Girls, Wolf River Pipes and Drums, Police Mounted Patrol, MGLCC and many others bringing floats etc.  There will be merriment and leprechauns!

Join us for the fun!  Everyone is invited.