St. Patrick's Day in St. Augustine
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Florida's Historic Coast- the home of the Irish.
Irish Heritage on Florida's Historic Coast
The Irish have a long heritage in Florida. When Pedro Menendez de Aviles came ashore to claim Florida for the Spanish King in 1565, he founded the settlement of St. Augustine. And he had with him a crew that included Irish soldiers and missionaries.The parish priest of St. Augustine, Father Richard Arthur, started the first public school in America in 1606.
You can find plenty of bars and restaurants in St. Augustine to satisfy your cravings for Irish food and drink. Try Meehan’s Irish Pub, Ann O’Malley’s Deli & Pub, or Barley Republic in downtown St. Augustine.
The World Golf Hall of Fame also recognizes history-making Irish players. Visit this fascinating museum where you will find historical facts, memorabilia and artifacts from Hall of Fame members Joe Carr and Christy O’Connor.
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
The biggest celebration of the long and impactful Irish heritage on Florida’s Historic Coast is the St. Augustine Celtic Music and Heritage Festival. The two-day festival takes place March 14 & 15, 2020, on Francis Field in downtown St. Augustine. Internationally acclaimed Celtic Bands, Highland Games, food and whiskey tastings are all part of the celebration.
In addition, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (the only one in Northeast Florida!), begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 14. This parade is the first recorded St. Patrick's Day parade in the world, beginning in 1601. It starts on Orange Street at Francis Field and will follow along the bayfront, until eventually ending back at Francis Field. Gather with friends and family to watch parade floats, marching bands, bagpipes, and plenty more at the St. Patrick's Day Parade.