18th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival kicks off on Saturday

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Community members in Charlotte are going green this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Saturday with a parade and festival.

The 18th annual St. Patrick's Day parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m. at Tryon and 9th Street, officials say.

The parade will march south on Tryon St. to 3rd Street. and then take a left onto 3rd going all the way to Caldwell Street.

Officials say the Grand Marshal is Tom Murray, CEO of the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority.

The parade will include more floats, 3 pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers, musical groups, dogs, horses, leprechauns, and creative marching groups.

After the parade, the Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be held on S. Tryon Street from 3rd to Stonewall Street until 6:00 p.m.

Live music, food, and arts and crafts will be available at the festival.

The festival is free.

The parade is organized by the Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade Foundation.

More information about the parade is available at www.charlottestpatsday.com

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