Parade time, how to attend the fair

St. Patrick’s Day comes a little early this year in Phoenix as the 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fair returns to downtown on Saturday, March 12.

“The Greenest Day in the Desert” will bring Irish-themed floats, entertainment and food to the valley.

While the parade, which begins at 10 a.m., is open to the public, the Margaret T. Hance Park Fair will have an admission ticket. Admission can be purchased in advance on Eventbrite as well as at the event.

Here’s a guide on how to see the parade and participate in the day’s festivities at the St. Patrick’s Fair.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route in Phoenix

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Third and Oak streets in downtown Phoenix. The route goes south on Third Street, passes the east side of Margaret T. Hance Park, and ends at Portland Street.

Typically, marching bands, Irish dancers and pipers are part of the procession.

St. Patrick’s Fair in Phoenix

The St. Patrick’s Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the east side of Margaret T. Hance Park.

Irish music and dance performances are part of the live entertainment scheduled for the day. Participants can also explore their genealogy and learn more about the history of Irish culture in Arizona. As for the food, there will be corned beef and cabbage as well as a wide range of local vendors.

Parking, which is included with your ticket, is at Central Avenue and Palm Lane. A free shuttle will take you to the Irish Cultural Center opposite the park.

Here is how much admission costs:

  • General admission: $12.
  • Military (with ID): $10.
  • 55 years and over (with ID): $10.
  • Children (12 and under): Free.

Tickets purchased online incur a fee.

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St. Patrick’s Day in Fountain Hills

The Fountain Hills St. Patrick’s Day celebration also takes place on Saturday, March 12. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the city will host its Irish Fountain Party at The Fountain, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd. The event will feature traditional Irish folk dancing, a Celtic rock band, food and drink. Free entry.

The annual fountain greening—during which the fountain water flows emerald green—can be seen during the festival as well as on St. Patrick’s Day at noon and 4 p.m.

Those unable to attend can watch the water show on the city’s livestream at https://www.experiencefountainhills.org/fountain.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fair in Phoenix 2022

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday March 12.

Or: Third and Oak streets for the parade; Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, for the fair.

Admission: The parade is free. Fair admission is $10-$12.

Details: https://stpatricksdayphoenix.org.

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Corina C. Butler