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Photo Gallery | Save the Date: 31st Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade

From Tasha Pablo:

Alexandria, VA – The 31st Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 12:30 PM in the heart of Old Town Alexandria.
The parade will start at the corner of King St. and Alfred St., and proceed East down King St. to the corner of King St. and Lee St. “Our Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade falls very early in March this year, and we know it will be a wonderful way for the thousands of spectators who view the parade every year to kick off their celebrations of Irish American Heritage Month” said Pat Troy, Ballyshaners Chairman and Parade Master of Ceremonies.
This year’s parade will be lead by co-Grand Marshals Tom and Melinda Mooney, who are the proprietors of the Murphy’s Grand Irish Pubs in Alexandria, Washington, DC and Virginia Beach.    The Mooneys are long time supporters of Irish-American activities in the Northern Virginia area.    As always, the parade will feature more than 100 units, including groups celebrating their Irish heritage, marchers from the military services, Irish dancing schools, bagpipe bands and other Alexandria community groups.
In addition to the parade, festivities will include a Classic Car Show, held on Pitt St. between King and Cameron Streets beginning at 10:00 AM, and a Fun Dog Show held in Market Square, beginning at 10:30 AM.
All events are free to the public.    Parade organizers suggest using Metrorail to the King Street Metro stop, and walking 10 minutes East on King Street to the Parade Route. All events are sponsored by the Ballyshaners – Gaelic for “Old Towners”.    A not-for-profit group, the Ballyshaner’s goal is to promote and preserve Irish heritage through sponsorship of the Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Alexandria Irish Festival, held every summer.