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Page last updated: November 16, 9:10PM

Welcome to the Web Site of the Ballyshaners 
Organizers of the
Saint Patrick's Day Parade
in Alexandria, Virginia

Upcoming Events

December 5 - We will march in the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade
December business meeting - December 9, 7:30PM at King Street Blues

Starting in January, meetings will be held weekly

Ballyshaners Social Meetings - immediately following the business meeting
Business meetings are held weekly, typically at 7:30pm, starting in January and leading up to Parade Day,
and monthly from after the Parade through December.

The 2016 Parade application is now online and we are taking applications. Would you like to be a part of one of the largest community events in Alexandria? Go to the
Parade application page
and sign up online!

Thank you to everyone that came out the Irish Festival on August 8. Talented entertainers, great food and merchandise vendors, and wonderful weather combined to make this one of our best Festivals yet!

The Festival is an important event which serves as our primary fundraiser for the Parade in March, and we thank everyone who worked hard to make this day happen, and especially the big crowds which came out and enjoyed themselves and donated generously to help us further our mission of preserving and celebrating Irish heritage in Old Town Alexandria.

Click the photo below to view all the photos from this year's Festival.

Despite a chilly start and a heavy snowfall just two days before, the 2015 Parade went off beautifully. Thank you to everybody that came out and celebrated Irish heritage with us, and big thanks go out to all the units who braved the cold weather and slushy streets and helped make this year's Parade one of our best. We are also very appreciative of all the hard work that went into preparing the city for our Parade, so we extend our thanks to all the City employees who put in long hours to make sure the streets would be ready.

Click the link below to view all the photos from the 2015 Parade Weekend.
2015 Parade Weekend photos

Go to the Parade page

The 2015 Grand Marshal:
Laureen O'Neill-James

Click photo to enlarge

Read a biography of Laureen

President Obama has proclaimed March 2015 as Irish American Heritage month.
Read the proclamation.

Governor McAuliffe has issued a similar proclamation for the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Read the proclamation.

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Countdown to the 2016 Parade:
Saturday, March 5, 2016