Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade


The annual Delray Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the City of Delray Beach, is a tradition that began  in 1968 with a local Irishmen and pub owner named Maury Power.  Maury  took what would later be regarded as a legendary stroll down Atlantic  Avenue with his Shillelagh and a green pig; he declared it his 'own  parade.'  Well, over the years, the parade has grown into what it is  today, the greatest St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Florida. The  parade proudly features our local nonprofit organizations, businesses,  schools, civic organizations, veterans, police, firefighters, and EMS  from all across the United States, and even as far away as Australia,  Belgium, Canada, France, Ireland, and Switzerland. 

The  annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade highlights Delray Beaches sense of community;  it is loved and appreciated by the  families and citizens of Delray Beach as well as thousands of their  South Florida neighbors.   

This event is truly Florida’s premiere hometown parade!

Watching the Parade

General Parade Information for Spectators

The Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade is produced and sponsored by the City of Delray Beach.

The Parade and the City of Delray Beach are not associated with the Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Festival, the following information is provided as a courtesy to the guests of this website and is intended to be as accurate and current as possible.  For the Official Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade website please follow this link.  This link should open in a separate window as you will be leaving the Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Festival website.

Official start time for the 2019 Parade is March 16th at 2:00 P.M.

Finding a spot to watch the parade...

Traditionally, spectators will start to  arrive and find their spots to sit or stand along the parade route by 10 or 10:30 A.M.  Folding chairs are permitted along the sidewalks, this may make the waiting and watching time more comfortable and enjoyable.  For safety concerns, you can not sit on the actual street (Atlantic Avenue), this must be clear for floats and marchers. The parade route runs along Atlantic Avenue, from the Intracoastal bridge to West 5th Ave. Spectators are welcome to sit along the route on either side of the street.


You will find that most businesses reserve their bathrooms for paying customers.  You will find portable restrooms that are clearly marked and spaced along the parade route on side streets.  Additional bathrooms are located at the Festival in the Delray Tennis Center, the parking garage in Old School Square, and on the South West side of Atlantic Avenue near A1A.

Alcoholic Beverages and Smoking...

Parade attendees should be aware of the Cities prohibition of open alcohol containers outside of restaurants, bars or the Festival area at the Tennis Center.  For adult beverages, please visit any of the amazing restaurants or bars that span the length of Atlantic Ave. and definitely make sure to visit the Festival located at the Delray Beach Tennis Center 201 w Atlantic Ave.  Please drink responsibly, be mindful of our desire to maintain a family friendly atmosphere.  Anyone consuming alcohol is urged to use a transportation service such as a Taxi, UBER or Lyft.  There is no excuse to drink and drive.

Smoking is permitted outdoors but please be courteous and mindful of others.

Arriving by Taxi, UBER or Lyft...

If you are arriving by a transportation service, use the street address of 51 North Swinton Ave. Delray Beach, 33444.  This will be your fastest way in and out of the event.

If driving into the City...

For ease, it is best to use the downtown bypass routes, 1st Street  (North and South of Atlantic Ave) This will allow you to stay off Atlantic Ave.  


Old School Square Parking Garage  - 180 NE 1st St, Delray Beach, FL 33444 

Robert Federspiel Garage  - 22 SE 1st Ave, Delray Beach, FL 33444


Driving Directions

From The Florida Turnpike:
  Take the exit for Delray Beach/Atlantic Ave. Eastbound. Go East on Atlantic  Ave.  Once past the I-95 corridor, you'll be entering 'Downtown Delray Beach'.
From I-95: 
Take Exit  #52 Atlantic Ave.  Eastbound. Turn East onto Atlantic Ave. You'll  be entering 'Downtown Delray Beach'. 

Attention!  Atlantic Ave. will be shut down from West 5th Ave. to A1A for the parade, at approximately 8 AM. You will have to follow the detour signs into the downtown area, and parking  garages. Plan on taking alternate routes if arriving after 10 A.M.

Airports in the area

Palm Beach International Airport

West Palm Beach
19 miles away

Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

Fort Lauderdale
33 miles away

Miami International Airport

55 miles away