Downtown St. Patrick’s Day Parade happening March 11

Parade route Wilmington. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — The luck o’ the Irish will be celebrated in downtown Wilmington this weekend with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

After being canceled in 2022 due to inclement weather, this year’s parade will be led by former NFL placekicker Connor Barth, originally from Wilmington. Barth graduated from St. Mary’s School, John T. Hoggard High School and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Barth now works in real estate in Wilmington and is part-owner of Blue Shark Vodka.

“His Irish heritage relates back to Counties Mayo and Donegal, Ireland,” according to a press release from the parade committee.

Also in the parade will be the 82nd Airborne Division Marching Band from Fort Bragg and the North Brunswick High School Marching Corps from Leland. Joining will be Wilmington Police Pipes and Drums, Walsh Kelley Irish Dance Group, and Sudan Drum and Bugle, as well as other organizations and businesses.

The parade route starts at Hanover Street on North Front Street and travels south down to Dock Street, moving east and north onto S. 2nd before ending at Market Street.

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