St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner (March 17), and with it, the return of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin‘s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Yep, on Saturday, March 9, the 56th installment of the parade will fill downtown Milwaukee with oodles of floats, oodles of dance groups, and thousands of attendees. The parade will begin at noon, will step off at N. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. and W, Wisconsin Ave., and will end at Water Street and Highland Avenue.

Oh, and there’ll be more festivities to accompany the parade, including events on Friday, March 8. Here’s the complete schedule of those festivities, courtesy of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin:


Parade Press Conference & Entertainment: Fri., March 8 at noon at the 3rd St. Market Hall, 275 W Wisconsin Avenue

• Noon – Glencastle Irish Dancers performs

• 12:15 p.m. – Press conference featuring local dignitaries & honorees

ShamROCK Kick-off Party: Fri., March 8 at 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Lucky Clover Irish Pub, 1048 N MLK Dr.

• This free event will have live music and a variety of raffle prizes available. Raffle tickets will be sold during the event until 7 p.m. Full list of raffle prizes can be found at

• New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to win a pair of Brewers’ Opening Day tickets. Guests will receive one raffle ticket with each Miller Lite purchased during the event.

• 5:30 p.m. – Performance by Ian Gould

• 7:15 p.m. – Announcement of raffle winners

• 7:30 p.m. – Performance by Ian Gould

• 8:30 p.m. – Announcement of Opening Day ticket raffle winner (must be present to win)


37th Annual Mass in Honor of St. Patrick: Sat., March 9 at 8:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 723 W Washington St.

56th Shamrock Club of Wisconsin St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sat., March 9 at noon in downtown Milwaukee

• Parade steps off at N MLK Dr. and W Wisconsin Ave., traveling through downtown Milwaukee before ending at Water St. and Highland Ave. Full route and street closures can be found at

• Thanks to Interstate Parking, those coming downtown for the Parade are encouraged to take advantage of $3 parking rate at The Avenue structure (entrances at 615 N Plankinton Ave. and 258 W Michigan St.). Please also consider using ride share services or public transit such as The Hop and MCTS to travel safely and responsibly.

Shamrock Club Post-Parade Party: Sat., March 9 from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center, 2133 W Wisconsin Ave.

• The fun doesn’t stop after the parade. Celebrate with the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin with Irish entertainment for the entire family. It’s the most Irish thing you can do in Milwaukee! More details are available at

• Adults: $10; Family: $25; Children under 12: Free. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

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