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St Patricks Day Parade, Starring You

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Monday, March 16, 2009, at 10:44AM
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Tom Sweeney, and his rabbit, joined in the 2008 Parade.

The 10th Annual City of Los Angeles St. Patrick's Day Parade may not have the same longstanding traditions as the 247th Annual St Patricks Day Parade in New York (considered the oldest parade in the U.S.), but where else can you join in the festivities by just wearing green and comfortable shoes?

That seems to be the promotion angle for this year's parade, being held Tuesday, March 17, at 11:30 am. People are welcomed to march along with dignitaries and bands --provided they wear green.

The parade began as a small assembly organized by Downtown's LAFD Fire Station 3 (108 N. Fremont), and has since been taken over by the city. It has slowly grown to become an extended block party. As always, it benefits the Los Angeles Fire Department Historical Society.

Now, it's hard to top Grand Marshall Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day), so he'll be back. Lorenzo Lamas is slated to sing the national anthem, and The Young Dubliners will perform at Pershing Square once the parade ends.

St Patrick's Day Parade / Tuesday, March 17, 2009 / Parade 11:30 am to 12:30, From Main and Arcadia near Olvera Street to Pershing Square / Festival at Pershing Square 11am - 7pm / Parade and Festival are Free

Those not parading should note some road closures: Main Street between Arcadia and 5th will be closed for the parade. The D DASH will be temporarily re-routed between the hours of 11:30am and 1pm. A temporary northbound stop will be located on Los Angeles Street at 2nd Street. "DASH Downtown Routes A and B schedules may also experience delays due to parade-related congestion."

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