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Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade postponed

Posted March 13, 2009

— With Saturday forecast to be cold and rainy, organizers have postponed Raleigh's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival until Saturday, March 21.

The parade is the second-largest in the Southeast and boasts more than 4,000 marchers. N.C. State's football Head Coach Tom O'Brien will be the grand marshal.

Following the parade, a festival will be held in Moore Square, featuring Irish-influenced music, parachuters, Celtic wares and children's activities.

Attendees are encouraged to bring canned food to donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.


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  • BIGCHEESECAMATO Mar 13, 2009

    I dont care about the Parade cause there will be nothing but price-gouging people selling food for $8.00 a sandwich, $5 for a can of coke and $3 for chips as well as 12.00 for a turkey leg but what I do know is I will have green beer (all you can drink) at the Raleigh Ale House on the 17th.....

  • Southern Girl Mar 13, 2009

    YEAH - this is our favorite parade of the year, and Moore's Square is great to continue the day. Great decision to postpone it, and with St. Patrick's Day on Tuesday, who cares if it is BEFORE or AFTER the actual day - not me. We will be there, wearing our green and enjoying a wonderful day!

  • silvfx Mar 13, 2009

    who says you can't celebrate being Irish after St Paddy's day. My ancestors never needed a reason to celebrate our heritage, they just needed the corner pub. LOL.

  • bpjamesncsu Mar 13, 2009

    Nope...that's because the Raleigh Christmas Parade is sponsored by the Raleigh Merchants Association. They want us to get an early start on shopping!

  • hppyhourhero Mar 13, 2009

    45 degrees and raining....exactly who was going to go to this?

  • Likestobearrogant Mar 13, 2009

    mmania why don't u go stand out there on saturday and see why they are putting it on after the fact

  • Shadow213 Mar 13, 2009

    yay now i can go! even if it is after the fact

  • Nope Mar 13, 2009

    Yeah, it also makes no sense to me why the christmas parade is before thanksgiving.

  • Skywatch_NC Mar 13, 2009

    Better later than never.

  • mmania Mar 13, 2009

    seems silly to me to have it after the fact.