Lucky Joe's St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Old Town Irish Party hosted by Wilbur's Total Beverage
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year at the annual community Parade and Irish Party in historic Downtown Fort Collins. The Lucky Joe's St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 11th features creative floats, performers, and family fun for all! Join us afterwards for the Old Town Irish Party hosted by Wilbur's Total Beverage in Old Town Square with live music and a “green beer garden.”
2017 Parade Winners:
Best Humor: Boxelder Sanitation District
Honorable Mention: Aire Serv of Northern Colorado
Honorable Mention: Fort Collins Nursery
Honorable Mention: Sheet Metal Workers' Local Union #9
When: March 11th, 2017
Event Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Downtown Fort Collins & Old Town Square
More Parade Details:
The parade is a FREE event that is open to all ages, beginning at 10:00am and beloved by the entire community. This event has been held in the historic district of downtown Fort Collins for two decades. Volunteers from the community help with making sure the parade comes together, including being marshals for the parade route, judges, grand marshals, and more. The crowd of thousands will line the streets of the parade route, cheer on their friends and favorite entries, and enjoy the atmosphere. The entries are required to represent the St. Patrick’s Day theme and will be judged by a community panel to determine who wins 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards.
Old Town Irish Party
After the parade, the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association will offer live music and a “green beer garden” in Old Town Square at the Old Town Irish Party. There will be free admission to this portion as well and is open to all starting at 11:00am. Check back soon for 2017 entertainment!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get Downtown for the event?
Due to street closures, please view this map for accessibility around Downtown.
Where do I park?
The best places to park are the parking garages. The Civic Center Parking Garage is located at Mason St. & Laporte Ave., accessible from Mason St. and eastbound Laporte Ave. The Old Town Parking Garage is located at Remington St. and Mountain Ave., and will only be accessible from Remington St. during the event. There is a parking structure located on the northeast corner of Mulberry and College Ave., which is free and will be open to the public all day.
Where is the best place to watch the parade?
Anywhere along the parade route will be great for viewing! The parade will begin on Walnut St. and will route down Walnut St. towards College Ave., and will head south on College Ave. to Magnolia St. It will route east on Magnolia St. to turn North on Remington St. and will end at Remington and Oak St. The streets fill with spectators so we recommend grabbing a coffee downtown and heading to your favorite spot ahead of time!
Safety to spectators: Safety is our #1 concern at the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Please adhere to all postings regarding proper viewing areas. Do not cross the parade route at anytime during the parade. There will be security and police on site to enforce safety for spectators. Adherence to all guidelines is greatly appreciated to ensure everyone’s safety.
Does the parade cost anything?
If you would like to be in the parade, please fill out an application by clicking here. The parade is free for spectators and is open to the public.
Where are restrooms located?
Public restrooms will be open in Old Town Square just west of The Yeti Bar and Grill. Public restrooms will also be open on Oak St. between College Ave. and Remington St.
Will parade entries be judged?
Yes! There will be a panel of Judges at Oak Street Plaza to judge all entries. After the parade is complete, they will choose the top 3 entries and these will be announced on our Facebook page.
Are pets allowed?
Pets will not be allowed at the Parade or Irish Party.
What do I do after the parade is over?
Join us in Old Town Square for the annual Old Town Irish Party Hosted by Wilbur’s Total Beverage!
The Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is produced by the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association. For any further questions, please contact the DBA office at (970) 484-6500.
Interested in volunteering for this event? Follow this link to view current volunteer opportunities!
New to volunteering with the DBA? Follow this link to create an account!
Interested in becoming a non-food vendor? Please click here for the 2017 St. Patrick's Day application.
Interested in becoming a food vendor? Please click here for the 2017 St. Patrick's Day application.
Interested in performing at this event? Follow this link to submit your band for consideration!