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Guide to St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester, NH

St. Patrick’s Day is the time of year when everyone is Irish. Green clothing, blinking jewelry, and green beer are just a few things expected on this day along with parades to celebrate! St. Patrick’s Day carries with it many different forms of celebration. We celebrate to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint who drove all the snakes out of Ireland. The way you can celebrate, is by showing up at the parade and cheering on all the participants that will make this one of the best parades yet in Manchester.

For folks in the Nashua, Merrimack, and Manchester area, here’s Allen Mello’s guide to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester, NH.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: When and Where

Manchester, NH, will formally celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday, March 20 with its parade. It will begin at noon that day, rain or shine, kicking off at Elm Street and working its way from Salmon Street to Central Street. All are expected to attend and join in on the fun of this Irish holiday. It’s recommended that you find a spot early, as this parade will draw in most of Manchester. This is going to be the 20th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester, so let’s make it an event we’ll never forget!

What to Expect

2016 grand marshals Bill and Mary Ellen Biser will ride in the front while the parade works its way through town. Four divisions of floats and various entertainment, including bagpipers, high school marching bands, and military units, will follow them.

In addition to the parade, at 10:45 am on March 20, the Shamrock Shuttle road race will commence at the intersection of Elm and Central. A children’s race will occur at 11:15 am in front of Veterans Park. Bring the family and participate to these events.  

Where to Go After the Parade Ends

If you still feel like celebrating after the parade ends, you’re in luck because there are several Irish pubs in Manchester, NH.

Shaskeen Pub and Restaurant at 909 Elm Street offers everything you’d want on St. Patrick’s Day. On Sundays, they even have Irish Sessions, which includes several musicians playing traditional Irish music. There’s also Murphy’s Taproom at 494 Elm Street and The Wild Rover Pub and Restaurant at 21 Kosciuszko Street.

For people in the Nashua, Merrimack, and Manchester area, we hope you’ve enjoyed our guide to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manchester, NH. Stay safe and have a happy holiday!

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