Each year, in mid-March, millions of the Irish, both native and by descent, come together with friends of all ancestries to celebrate Ireland's patron saint, Patrick. Covington celebrates St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in downtown Covington with a march and block party with food, drink and live music.
A walking parade starts at 12pm at Columbia Street Tap Room, travels south on Columbia to Gibson and east toward Lee Lane. The parade will travel south on Lee Lane, cross Boston Street, and proceed along Rutland Street to end at the corner of Rutland and New Hampshire Streets, near Jewel's Cigar and Briar Shop.
The Grand Marshal and entertainment lineup will be announced as the event nears; past events have included bagpipers, Celtic musicians, Irish dance students and other music and entertainments.
Some restaurants and businesses will have watch-parties during and after the parade, but parade-goers should spread out along the whole route to get the best view, special catches, and food and drink at various locations, including Toad Hollow restaurant, as the block party takes place on their doorstep.
Whether or not you're Irish, you are invited to revel in Covington's historic streets, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and see how restaurants, local businesses, and shops throw a celebration to remember.
Don't forget to wear your green. Erin Go Bragh!
This event is presented by the City of Covington, The English Tea Room & Eatery, Covington Celtic Club and Jewel's Cigar and Briar.
Parade colors - Covington Celtic Club Facebook page
McElroy Irish Dance Academy, standard bearers, Mayor Mike Cooper, Danny Saladino - Ann Benoit for Nola.com