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Saturday, March 11, 2023

March 11, 2023
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM : Parade
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM : Music on Pier Plaza
Downtown Hermosa Beach

Back for its 27th year! Enjoy seeing some of your favorite local nonprofits, unique vehicles, cool brands and more in this eclectic and diverse celebration of St. Patrick's Day.

Pier Avenue and Hermosa Avenue will be closed early morning Saturday so that the parade route can be well established. The community is welcome to line up on the street. Parade participants are not allowed to throw or toss items from the route but can hand out content to parade attendees directly. Enjoy the parade near one of the three announcing stages to enjoy information about each parade entry.

Map of Hermosa Beach indicating the parade route

Photos from the 26th Annual Parade

Family Fun on Pier Plaza

After the parade, come down to Pier Plaza to enjoy some added fun for families.

Music by South Bay Music Connection.
Incredibly talented youth.

1:00 - 3:00 PM (TBD)

South Bay Music Connection is a local non-profit that provides teen and young adult musicians with a place to showcase their talent and hard work. Please come show your support of these talented individuals.

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Lucky Selfie Station

Come take your pictures under the lucky rainbow!

Leprechaun Scavenger Hunt

More information coming soon!

Thank you to the following participating businesses!

We love our sponsors!

Photo Gallery

History of the Parade

Established in 1995, the original 'independent' committee solicited help from Kiwanis, Rotary, and the Woman's Club in order to put the parade on for 15 years before they ran out of energy and turned it over to the City of Hermosa Beach who continued the tradition for 2 years. The Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce took over the parade after that and still continues the tradition today.
"St. Pat's is a uniquely American event that only caught on in Ireland as a 'thing' in the 90's.  It was a celebration of the freedom Irish immigrants found in America to speak their language which was prohibited and practice their religion, also prohibited in Ireland by their English Colonial masters. "Step dancing" was also prohibited. 700 years the Brits ruled Ireland, mostly with an iron fist. The Irish in Boston & NYC began St. Pat's parades in the late 1800’s."

South Bay News in 2019:

The Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade began with a group of friends meeting at the old Fat Face Fenner’s Saloon on Hermosa Avenue in Hermosa Beach. Organized by Co-Chairs Jean Cullen and J Travers Devine, the first Annual Parade was presented in 1995 and was an instant success. Since then what began as a group of Irish-Americans celebrating their heritage has morphed into a great ‘hometown’ local event drawing thousands to the streets of Hermosa Beach each year in a great celebration of community while retaining important elements of Irish heritage and culture.
We would like to thank Jody Leventhal and J Travers for providing this information and permission for us.
J Travers Devine pictured in the photo of the original committee, top row, second from left in the green jacket. Jean Cullen, top row, second from the right-side.
J Travers Devine pictured in the photo of the original committee, top row, second from left in the green jacket. Jean Cullen, top row, second from the right-side.
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