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Saint Patrick’s Day in DE

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Written on: March 13th, 2019 in Blog Posts

Saint Patrick’s Day is coming up! Here are some fun local parades and events happening this weekend, and links to learn more about Irish history and culture in Delaware. 


Painting of the Line

Date: Friday, March 15th

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m

Where: King Street, Wilmington, DE (Meets in Rodney Square)

In preparation for the Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day parade, the center lines on King Street are painted green to highlight the parade route that follows the next day. You can observe the painting of the lines on Friday, March 15 from 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.


Wilmington St. Patrick’s Day parade and Post-Parade Hooley

Date: Saturday, March 16th

Time: 12:00 p.m.

Where: King Street, Wilmington, DE

Now that the lines are green and festive, Wilmington’s famed St. Patrick’s Day parade is in its 44th year will start at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16th. The parade begins at 4th and King Street and will end near 15th Street where patrons will then be able to participate in the post-parade hooley.


Dover St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade

Date: Saturday, March 16th

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (parade starts at 1:00 p.m.)

Where: Downtown Dover

Looking for a celebration in our state’s capital? Look no further than the Dover St. Patrick’s Day festival and parade! The Delaware capital will be decked out in green on Saturday, March 16th as patrons come for the festivities. The festival will start at 11:00 a.m. and will go until 3:00 p.m. The parade will begin at 1:00 p.m.


Visit the Delaware Public Archives

Have you ever wondered if you have any Irish heritage? You can uncover your family roots at the Delaware Public Archives building. When you visit, you can take a look at the naturalization database for Ireland, or look at books not only on the Irish in Delaware, but how to research your Irish ancestors. The Archives has church records from many of the Irish churches in Delaware. The Archives even has the diary of Irish immigrant Brigadier General Thomas A. Smyth who was the last general officer killed in the Civil War. 

Or, do research from the comfort of home! With the online Delaware Library Catalog, you can research books about Delaware Irish history. 

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