I just got a call from my sister asking me "what time is the parade tomorrow?" and it occurred to me that for all the events and shows I do post, I'm not very good about all the parades. Blame it on a bad association with green beer and boys, I suppose. Anyway, there are a lot of people who celebrate St. Patrick's Day as a matter of Irish Pride and not just to get completely shitfaced by noon and our city has a huge celebration every year in Balboa Park that is actually quite fun (if you plan for it right with the right dose of comfortable shoes and patience).
With the help of DiscoverSD, here's the information for this year's parade and festival.
29th Annual St Patrick's Day Parade & Festival
Saturday, March 14
6th & Laurel
Rain or Shine
Kid's Zone (games and rides)
Celtic Village (all day)
2 Beer Gardens (10:00 am - 5:00 pm)
Two Entertainment Stages
Main Stage (all times approximate):
1:00 pm ~ Opening / San Diego Firefighters Emerald Society Pipes & Drums
1:05 pm ~ The Xceptions
1:50 pm ~ Tony Cummins
2:40 pm ~ "The Blokes" Irish Band
3:30 pm ~ Brian Baynes
4:15 pm ~ The Shamrockers
North Festival Stage:
11:30 - 2:15 pm ~ Irish Dancing by Local Irish Dance Schools and Ian and Wanda Law
2:30 - 3:30 pm ~ Sheela-na-Gig
3:30 - 5:00 pm ~ Harold's Renegade Band
For more information, see the official site here.