Huntsville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back March 12 after two-year hiatus—How to participate

Huntsville St. Patrick's Day Parade
The St. Patrick’s Day parade is back! (Ruthe Myers / Shine Bright Photography)

After a three-year hiatus, the Huntsville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back! The Ellen McAnelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be Saturday, March 12, 2022. Read on to find out how you can get involved.

Parade history

St. Patrick's Day Parade bagpiper
Did you know about Huntsville’s Irish community? (Ruthe Myers / Shine Bright Photography)

Huntsville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was first held in 1978. The first parade was organized by Ireland native Ellen McAnelly, who owned Finnegan’s Pub (which closed in 2013).

In 2011, the Irish Society of North Alabama got involved. They began hosting the parade in 2012.

The parade was suspended during 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Irish Society of North Alabama is excited to begin hosting the parade again this year after a long hiatus.

March or sponsor

Participation in the parade is free for any interested organization. Simply fill out your registration form online by March 4 to secure your spot.

The parade is funded through corporate sponsorships. If your business would like to participate, available sponsorship options include:

  • Province sponsor: $500
  • Emerald sponsor: $250
  • Supporter sponsor: $100

Each sponsorship comes with social media recognition and priority placement in the parade. Other perks include recognition on posters and sponsored signage.

Current sponsors include:

Spectator info

According to WHNT, the parade will begin at 11AM and culminates with a family-friendly afterparty at Straight to Ale brewing at Campus 805. Here’s a map of the parade route:

More information:

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Emily Phillips
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