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Page last updated: July 10, 4:30PM

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

Upcoming Events

August business meeting - August 5, 7:30pm, at Gadsby's Tavern.
Ballyshaners Irish Festival - August 8
September business meeting - September 9, location TBD
October business meeting and biennial officer elections - October 14, location TBD

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 Irish Festival will be on held on Saturday, August 8. Learn more about the festival and sign up to be a vendor here.

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.

Follow the Ballyshaners on social media

The 2014 Irish Festival was one our best-attented ever! Thank you to everyone who came out for all the fun, and many, many thanks to our prime sponsor for the event, United Bank.

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


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