Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Smith Mountain Lake! There’s no better place to experience the luck of the Irish. From local celebrations at nearby restaurants to raucous parades in downtown Roanoke, there are so many ways to enjoy this great holiday. Find out what you need to know about the best local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations!
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Without a doubt, the biggest celebration around is the McDonald’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival. Since St. Patrick’s Day in 2018 takes place on a Saturday, the event will be held the day of the official holiday.
The day starts with the Shamrock Hill 5K and 1-Mile Race, which begins at 8:30 a.m. This race takes place at the Roanoke Catholic High School and finishes with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the festivities!
The highlight of the day, for sure, is the Freedom First St. Patrick’s Day Parade at 11:00 a.m. on Jefferson St. at Elm Avenue. Keep an eye out for floats from various groups from Smith Mountain Lake. For instance, the Smith Mountain Lake Society often has a float that celebrates its patron, a sixth-century Irish saint named Brendan from Tralee.
The festivities continue at the Shamrock Festival, which starts at noon. Admission to the Shamrock Festival is totally free, and it takes place at the Wells Fargo Plaza behind the City Market Building. Enjoy vendors serving up delicious food and live music!
If you’re traveling with children, you won’t want to miss the Freedom First Kids Zone, which takes place in two locations: in front of the Taubman Museum of Art and in Market Square. Admission to the Kids Zone is also completely free. Your little ones will enjoy the face painting, bouncing on inflatables, and the great games!
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