March 16th, 2013
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
500 block of North Main Street
Oshkosh's Inaugural St. Patrick's Day "Night-time" Parade and Tent Party
The group of volunteers that make up Oshkosh Festivals, Inc., responsible for producing Oshkosh Irish Fest and Oshkosh Oktoberfest, is launching a brand new event for 2013, a St. Patrick's Day Parade and Tent Party on Saturday, March 16.
The family-friendly party will start at 4:00 pm in a giant, heated tent located on the 500 block of North Main Street and will feature two live bands, Irish dancers, Irish food, Guinness beverages, and even Cultural displays on topics such as St. Patrick and Ireland's history. The parade will kick-off at 6:30 pm in downtown Oshkosh and travel up North Main Street. Because it is a night-time parade, floats and other entries are encouraged to use colorful lights in their decorations.
The parade is a gift to the city in celebration of Irish Fest's 5th Anniversary, and the tent party will serve as a fundraiser to help expand the popular Spring festival. The Rovers, an Irish-themed band from Annapolis, MD will join Oshkosh's own Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys to entertain inside the tent. You can also expect performances by Richards School of the Dance and bagpipe groups. Several fundraising activities will take place including raffles, a silent auction, and the opportunity to add your name on the Fest's Welcome or "Fáilte" Door with a tax-deductible donation. On Sunday, March 17 an authentic Irish Breakfast will be prepared by The Roxy Supper Club with a portion of the proceeds donated to the festival.
If you would like to participate in the parade, please download Parade Entry Form.
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Performances by bagpipe groups
|Time||Saturday March 16th|
|PM 4:00||Pub Tent Party (500 block of N. Main Street) Sponsored by Guinness - $5 admission (children 12 and under are free)|
|PM 4:30||Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys|
|PM 5:00||Trinity Irish Dancers|
|PM 6:30||Night Parade kicks off from Opera House Square, traveling North on Main past the Pub Tent to Irving Ave|
|PM 7:00||Yellow Rock Cloggers|
|PM 7:30||Richard's Irish Dancers|
|PM 8:00||Dublin 5 (formerly The Rovers)|
|Check back often for updates.|
|Time||Sunday March 17th|
|AM 8:00||Authentic Irish Breakfast - At the Roxy Supper Club|
The Night Parade kicks off from Opera House Square, traveling North on Main Street, past the Party Tent (in the 500 block of North Main Street) to Irving Avenue.
The Party Tent is located in the 500 block of North Main Street. It is a large, heated tent sponsored by Guinness.
Admission to the Party Tent is $5, children 12 and under are free. Food and drinks will be available.
Oshkosh Festivals, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit operated completely by volunteers. Money raised helps several local charities. Since our founding in 2009, we have raised more than $50,000 for organizations such as: Cerebral Palsy, Knights of Columbus, local Shamrock Clubs, and more. Please help us grow by supporting our activities. Tax deductible donations are always accepted.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help plan and staff the events should contact us.