Lexington to host 40th St. Patrick’s Day festival, parade Saturday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The 40th Annual Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Irish Festival will take place Saturday, March 16.

The festival is part of an all-day celebration that begins at 8 a.m. with the Shamrock Shuffle to benefit Lexington Habitat for Humanity.

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Megan Moloney and Liza Betz with the Bluegrass Irish Society stopped by ABC36‘s ‘Good Day Kentucky’ on Friday to talk about the event.

“The festival starts at 10:45 with the blessing of the Kentucky Ale Alltech keg,” said Betz.

Tents will be set up at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza for the free festival which will continue until 7 p.m. There will be a break at 1 p.m. for an hour-long parade which will roll down Main Street from Midland Avenue to Mill Street.



Moloney says there will be about 70 units in the 2019 parade along with, “an entire area with information booths about our local cultural opportunities.”

The St. Patrick’s parade is the longest-running citywide civic event in Lexington.

The Lexington Division of Parks and Recreation puts on the annual parade and festival with community support from local businesses and cultural organizations.

Entertainment will be part of the festival featuring musicians, singers and dancers from across Kentucky.

Bill Enright, who founded the Bluegrass Irish Society, put together the city’s first St. Patrick’s Parade. Enright will serve as the grand marshal this year. Read more about Enright HERE.

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