Because the holiday falls on a Saturday this year, people can expect a much bigger event, said parade chairman Jimbo Thrash.
The 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Augusta will start at 2 p.m. from the James Brown Arena parking lot on Seventh Street and follow its traditional route to Telfair Street, up to 11th Street, right onto Broad Street and then down to Sixth Street to return to the James Brown Arena parking lot.
Parade organizers are pulling out all the stops this year with bag pipers, Irish dancers, Shriners, local school marching bands, Fort Gordon Signal Corps flagmen, the Fort Gordon Signal Corps Band, the Irish-American Heritage Society’s Family of the Year float, mascots for the Augusta RiverHawks and Augusta GreenJackets, Southern Nationals Drag Boats, a Coast Guard boat, fire trucks and local officials.
“I think this is going to be one of the biggest parades because it’s finally falling on a Saturday. Broad Street is a great place to be. There’s always a lot of people there. If you want to have a place to see it well, get there early,” Thrash said.
Entertainment, a children’s play area and vendors selling crafts, food and beer will follow the parade at Augusta Common at 4 p.m., said Yolanda Greenwood, special events manager for Augusta’s Recreation, Parks & Facilities department. The Kids Zone will include inflatables and games for children. Admission to festivities at Augusta Common is free, she said.
At 4 p.m., Celtic Irish dancers will entertain the crowd. From 5 to 9 p.m., bands will take the stage.
“It’s a well-attended event,” Greenwood said.
THE CELEBRATION continues at several nightclubs.
Sky City, 1157 Broad St., will have a holiday party featuring performances by Funk You, The Favors, Cocoa Dylan, JJ Maj & The Unpolished Brass and Suex Effect.
Somewhere in Augusta, 2820 Washington Road, is planning a St. Patrick’s Day party with the Daniel Johnson Band. And The Soul Bar, 984 Broad St., will open early to entertain guests with St. Patty’s Day DJs.
IF YOU’RE headed to the Augusta RiverHawks game at 7:35 p.m., wear your green and bring some, too, for St. Patty’s on Ice. RiverHawks players will be wearing St. Patrick’s Day-themed jerseys that will be auctioned after the game to benefit Vision Discovery Institute. Tickets are $10-$18 from (706) 993-2645 or augustariverhawks.pointstreaksites.com.
FOR THOSE who want to enjoy an evening of gospel music, Tabernacle Baptist Church and IV Christ Inc. will present The St. Patrick’s Day Gospel Extravaganza featuring Brian Courtney Wilson.
Doors open at 4 p.m., and the concert starts at 5 p.m. at the church.
Performers include IV Christ, Claude Deuce Harris and Trey McLoughlin and The Sounds of Zamar.
Tickets are available at any Pyramid Record store, Capital City Bank and Kenny’s Barber Shop, Julia’s Beauty Salon in Johnston, S.C., and Casa de Perry in Graniteville or by calling (803) 386-1481. Tabernacle Baptist Church is at 1223 Laney Walker Blvd. in Augusta.