King County Coulcilmember Joe McDermott
Irish Government Minister
Mayor of Galway, Ireland
Seattle's St Patrick's Day Parade is organized by a committee of the Irish Heritage Club, a 501(c)3 non-profit volunteer organization. The Parade is intended as a tribute to St. Patrick and a celebration of Irish tradition and heritage organized for the enjoyment and education of one and all. It is a family-friendly event; the use of profanity or derogatory terms or slurs (spoken, in music or printed on attire, signs or banners) is strictly prohibited. The Parade Committee reserves the right to deny and/or remove any entry that in its opinion breaches community standards for good taste. Participants in vehicles are prohibited from throwing or handing out any type of object (e.g., candy), in order to avoid possible injury to parade onlookers and/or children. All vehicle operators and animal owners must carry individual liability insurance coverage.
Below is the
Parade Order of March for Seattle's 48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16, 2019
Copies will also be available on the morning of the Parade at the assembly point at 4th Ave and Jefferson St., and a one-page copy can also be printed off the Irish Heritage Club website at irishclub.org.
We would prefer not to have to make any changes to this Order of March,
but if someone anticipates a serious problem
, please let us know as soon as possible and we'll try to rearrange things. We have tried to accommodate requests to be close to or away from bands and/or loud noises, to follow certain banners, etc., and hopefully you will be happy with your position assignments.
We do rotate the Divisions each year so that the first Provincial Division in 2018 (Ulster) will have been moved down in the order and will now be the last Provincial Division in 2019, while the others move up, etc. Note that Police and Fire units are always near the front of the parade as they must be available for emergencies.
If you have registered to march but don't see your name on the list, please let us know right away by return email.
On the morning of the Parade, all marching groups should
start assembling at 11 am near City Hall Park at 4th Ave. and Jefferson in downtown Seattle
, in order to be completely organized in place and ready to go by Noon at the latest. All vehicles must be in place by 11:30 am as 4th Ave will be blocked to all traffic at that time and you will be unable to get through.
At 12:20 PM, the Irish flag will be raised in front of the King County Administration Building, followed by the
National Anthems of Ireland and the USA
played by trumpeters from the building parapet.
PLEASE BE ALERT AND NOTIFY YOUR GROUP MEMBERS TO BE RESPECTFUL DURING THE ANTHEMS
. If a band member is tuning up at that time, it is easy to miss what's happening elsewhere.
The Parade starts SHARP at 12:30 PM with Grand Marshal
Joe McDermott, Honorary Grand Marshal
Nicole Russeff, Galway Mayor
Níall McNellis, and Irish Government Minister
Ciarán Cannon, sounding the Official Starter Whistles. The parade then proceeds north on 4th Ave to Westlake Park where the Reviewing Stand is located.
As you approach the Reviewing Stand,
it is particularly important for bands to stop at Pike St. to wait for the announcers to introduce you.
Otherwise the announcement cannot be heard. A Parade Marshal will beckon you forward once your group has been announced.
All performing groups - bands, dancers, drill teams, etc. - are invited to pause and perform for up to one minute in front of the Reviewing Stand.
We also invite you to travel on to the Seattle Center after the Parade to enjoy the
- the Monorail offers free travel to the Seattle Center from Westlake between 1:30 - 2:30 pm.
There is no assigned parade parking but FYI the map image attached below shows the location of parking lots near City Hall Park (the green area in the lower left of the image, which is where most parade participants gather) and it also shows the advertised rates that those lots charge for 4 hours parking on Saturday.
Parade Chair is David Jacobsen and his cell # is 206-412-2960. Please don't hesitate to call David or John Keane (206-387-1970) with any questions or concerns, or let us know by return email. The Parade will proceed regardless of the weather.
Thanks a million to all of you for helping make our St. Patrick's Day Parade such an enjoyable event.
Míle Buíochas, a Thousand Thanks!
John Keane David Jacobsen
Parade Coordinator Parade Chair
St. Patrick's Day Parade 2019 ORDER OF MARCH
Seattle Police Department Motorcycle Unit
Pacific Northwest DeLorean Club
Seattle Seafair Pirates
Department of Adult Detention Honor Guard
IRISH HERITAGE CLUB DIVISION
PARADE BANNER & FLAGS
Parade Banner & US and Irish Flags
Grand Marshals, Irish Government Minister,
Mayor of Galway, and other Dignitaries
Grafton Street Irish Dancers
Seattle Fire Department Honor Guard
Seattle Firefighters Pipes & Drums
Area Fire Departments Officer Formation
SFD Fire Engine
Ride the Duck's Seniors Shamrock Shuttle
ST. PATRICK DIVISION
Seattle Police Department Honor Guard
Seattle Police Pipes and Drums
Area Police Departments Officer Formation
SPD Explorer Unit
SPD Bicycle Unit
SPD Mounted Unit
SPD Antique Patrol Vehicle
SPD SWAT Team Vehicle
Tara Academy Irish Dancers
Duwamish Solidarity Group
Fire and Ice Irish Dancers
Northwest Junior Pipe Band
O'Dea High School Celtic Heritage Club
Pirates of the Plateau
Washington Poison Center
Kerry Blue Terrier Club of the Pacific NW
Notre Dame Club of Greater Seattle
Washington Diamonds Drill Team
Navy Band Northwest
Star Wars Washington Garrison Titan
of the 501st Leg
Irish Wolfhound Club of Puget Sound
Whittier Wildcats Unicycle Arts
Irish Setter Club of Seattle
Comerford School of Irish Dance
J. Harvey Losh Family
Flanagan Family Groups
Pink Zebra Cheer
Robert Eagle Staff Middle School
Seattle Tacoma Irish Club
Autalavou St. Peter Chanel
Samoan Youth Group
Scottish American Military Society
Pirates of the Plateau
Irish Network Seattle
Seattle Gaels Gaelic Footballers & Hurlers
Correctional Service Canada Community
Pipes and Drums
Tacoma Rangers Gaelic Footballers & Hurlers
Flags of the Irish Revolution
St. Patrick's Day Dash
Daughters of Royalty Drill Team
Seattle Seafair Pirates
Míle Buíochas - A Thousand Thanks:
O'Dea High School Swim Club, Dive Team & House System Leaders
For a listing of all the Irish Week 2019 events in Seattle, visit