The Downtown Long Beach Association gives back to the community this Saturday with the 2016 Irish Heritage Parade & Festival. Celebrate the arrival of St. Patrick’s Day with this Irish-themed festival and parade that takes place in Downtown Long Beach. The parade will take place on Pine Avenue from 7th Street to Broadway from 2pm to 3pm, meaning this local parade will close down many of the streets in Downtown Long Beach to allow for the local participants to strut their Long Beach and Irish pride for everyone to watch the parade. The parade features a plethora of local businesses, organizations, and politicians, and every participating group represents one part out of Long Beach’s many diverse aspects. From roller derby teams to CrossFit gyms to restaurants to servicemen, if it has roots in Long Beach, it has a spot in this parade. New this year, a free all-ages festival will take place at Promenade Park just off of 1st Street. This festival will have booths, arts & crafts, food, drinks, live entertainment, and more.
Visitors can park for free for up to two hours in the parking structures off 4th and Pine. The parade route generally has more than enough open space that visitors can easily have a “front-row seat” to view the entire parade. I highly suggest dressing for warm weather, and having sunscreen applied. If you plan on visiting the festival and purchasing something, have cash available because most of the booths will not accept any other form of payment. For more media and information directly from the source, check out the Irish Heritage Parade on Facebook and Twitter. Thanks to the Downtown Long Beach Association and Party On Pine for organizing this parade and festival, completely free for the public to watch and enjoy. Stick around for other events taking place in Downtown Long Beach, such as the Taste of Downtown Long Beach coming up in a few weeks at the East Village (1st Street & Linden Avenue).