St. Patrick’s Day parade to be held in Old Town

Alexandria's 34th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held March 7 in Old Town Alexandria at 12:30 p.m. Hosted by the Ballyshaners, who promote Irish heritage through the parade and the Ballyshaners Festival in the summer, the parade will start at the corner of King and Alfred streets and proceed east down King Street to the corner of King and Lee streets.

The theme of this year's parade is "Women of Irish Heritage." This year's grand marshal is Laureen O'Neill-James of the O'Neill-James School of Dance.

Led by an honor guard representing all branches of the armed services, the parade will feature more than a dozen marching bands and Irish dancers. Festivities will include a Classic Car Show on Pitt Street between King and Cameron streets beginning at 9 a.m. A "Fun Dog Show" to benefit the Alexandria Animal Welfare League will be held in Market Square, beginning at 11 a.m. Local pet owners are invited to dress their dogs in "Irish finery" and participate in the parade.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015