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Mayor Purzycki, Grand Marshal of the 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Invites Citizens to the Festivities on King Street This Saturday

Post Date:03/12/2019 10:00 AM

The Irish Culture Club of Delaware will cap off the afternoon with its Hooley near 15th and King Streets Downtown

Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki invites citizens to attend the Irish Culture Club of Delaware’s 44th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Hooley on Saturday, March 16, 2019. The Mayor, who will join club members and Police Chief Robert J. Tracy, Fire Chief Mike Donohue and Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Kelley for the painting the ceremonial green stripe on King Street on Friday, said he is honored to serve as the grand marshal of this year’s parade. 

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“The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a marvelous City tradition that I am so pleased to take part in as Grand Marshal this year, which makes me, and especially my Carlin family ancestors on my mother’s side of the family, very proud,” said Mayor Purzycki. “The Irish, of course, have a long, proud history in Wilmington dating back centuries, and the community continues to thrive today. I encourage Wilmingtonians and people from around the state and region to come to our flourishing Downtown district for the parade and party atmosphere. And while you are here, please take time to patronize our many other local attractions and restaurants.”

The free, family-friendly parade kicks off at 4th and King Streets in downtown Wilmington beginning at Noon. Floats, marching bands, dancers and more will proceed up King Street, continue past the Parade Grandstand at Rodney Square, and end near 14th Street where the Post-Parade Hooley will be held. The Parade is expected to take about one hour and the Hooley will end no later than 4 p.m.

Road closures associated with this event will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until about 6 p.m. Roadway closures are as follows:

  • King Street from East 2nd Street to East 15th Street
  • East 4th Street from Walnut to Shipley Street
  • East 8th Street from Walnut to Market Street
  • 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Streets, from King to Market Street
  • 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Streets, from French to Market Street
  • Southbound vehicular traffic on North Market Street will also be diverted to North Park Drive - West 18th Street prior to the Market Street Bridge

Parking is prohibited during the Parade on the following streets: 

  • On 10th Street, from North King Street to North Shipley Street
  • On the unit block of East 11th Street, between North Market Street and North King Street
  • On North Shipley Street, from 4th Street to 5th Street

DART will be detouring buses around the Parade route. Please check their website at for more information.

To learn more about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Hooley, please contact Patrick and Donna Kelly they can be reached at (302) 420-8452, or email 302irish@gmail.comstripe 2018

     The painting of the stripe on North King Street, 2018.

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    Mayor Purzycki paints the King Street stripe green, 2018.

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    Mayor Mike Purzycki and young parade-goer, 2018 




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