Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade slightly delayed due to Saturday weather

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) – Raleigh’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade returns this weekend after a 2-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

The parade starts at 10:30 a.m., 30 minutes later than scheduled due to rain forecast for Saturday morning. ABC11 Chief Meteorologist Don Schwenneker will co-host the parade.

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In previous years, this parade has drawn thousands to downtown Raleigh.

“We are definitely focusing on our Irish traditions, our pipe bands, as well as traditional Irish music, as well as Irish dancing. We have three different schools of Irish dancing in the parade,” the parade organizer said. , Dianne Enright.

For downtown restaurants, the expectation of thousands of people coming downtown is welcome.

“I think it’s important for downtown as a whole, not just our business. But anything that can bring thousands of people downtown will be a good event given the last year or two. years,” said Russell Owens, manager of Jimmy V’s. Osteria and Bar.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing all the people that will be here. It’s going to be refreshing to see people having fun,” added Bonnie Wilkes, who works at The Big Easy.

Although some festivals and parades returned in 2021, they often operated with capacity limits and strict protocols.

“I’m definitely going to wear my green tomorrow. I’m excited to see all the green, it’s also the color of money,” said Lorenza Mallette, who works at The Big Easy.

The parade route starts at Lane and Wilmington, turns briefly to East Wilmington, then Fayetteville, before ending at North Salisbury and West Lenoir.

You can watch the parade live on ABC11’s 24/7 streaming channel, available for free in the ABC11 North Carolina app on your favorite smart device.

More information here.

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