Sat. March 19, 2016
1:00 PM – 10:00 PM
500 block of North Main Street
Oshkosh's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Tent Party
Sponsored by: FNB Fox Valley
Oshkosh's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Tent Party returns to downtown Oshkosh on Saturday, March 19. Irish bands The Roving Scallywags and Whiskey of the Damned will entertain inside the tent. You can also expect performances by Richard's Irish Dancers, Bagpipers, and other entertainment. We will have children's contests for "Most Freckled Face" and "Reddest Hair". There will also be Irish Wolfhound dogs, Cultural displays, Fox Valley Hurling Club, Irish food, Irish merchandise, silent auctions, and raffles. No charge to enter the tent. Full schedule is listed below.
Participate in the parade and WIN MONEY for your favorite charity or community organization!!
All parade entries - no matter if a marching group, a decorated car, a float, a music group or other interesting entry - everyone will be judged based on how much they have incorporated an Irish theme. The top three winning participants will have a donation made to a local nonprofit of their choosing. There will be a cash donation of $250 for 1st place, $150 for 2nd place, and $50 for third place. The winners will be announced at 4:00 inside the Tent Party. What a great way to have fun and hopefully win money for your favorite cause!
To register for the parade, please enter your information below.
Congratulations to our 2016 Parade Marshals
Our parade committee has selected two incredible Irishmen to serve as our 2016 Parade Marshals.
Glenn Curran is well-known in Oshkosh as a professional banker and an incredible fundraiser. Glenn helped create many community events, most recently "Battle on Bago" the Midwest's largest ice fishing tournament, which raises over $500,000 annually for charity. Congratulations Glenn and thank you for your hard work.
Jim Hyde is a former Microsoft engineer who now spends his time touring Wisconsin speaking on Irish History and Traditions. Jim is a direct descendant of Ireland's first President, Doug Hyde, who was elected following the 1916 Easter Rising, or Ireland's Revolution. In honor of the 100th anniversary and because Jim has done so much to educate people on Ireland's past, we are pleased to welcome him as one of our Marshals.Parade steps off at 2:00. Staging will begin at 12:00 near the Leach Amphitheater. You will receive your staging assignment the week of the 14th.
Rocking the tent with contemporary versions of traditional Irish songs and sea Shanties, as well as covers from bands such as Dropkick Murphy's, Flogging Molly, Gaelic Storm, and more.
Authentic Irish dance.Visit Website
These massive, gentle dogs have been Ireland's best friends since 273 AD.
Whiskey of the Damned is a five piece Celtic influenced rock group put together by Ireland native Eoin McCarthy. Whiskey of the Damned plays high energy, raucous concerts filled with an unmistakable mixture of American and Irish rock.Described as a mix of The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy's, and Flogging Molly.
Schedule may be subject to change
|Time||Saturday March 14th|
|PM 1:00||Tent Party opens (547 N. Main St)|
|PM 3:00||Richard's School of Dance|
|PM 3:45||Most Freckled Face and Reddest Hair contests|
|PM 4:00||Top Three Parade Entries Announced and Donations Distributed|
|PM 4:00||Irish Band The Roving Scallywags|
|PM 7:00||Irish Band Whiskey of the Damned|
The 2016 parade steps off from the Oshkosh Convention Center, traveling North on Main Street, past the Tent Party (547 N Main) and ending at Irving Ave.
The Party Tent is located at 547 N. Main Street next to Roxy Supper Club. It is a large, heated tent.
No admission price to attend
If you would like to participate in the parade with a float, marching group, or other entry, please enter your information in the fields at the top of this page or contact us for further questions.
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 $120,000 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.