Everything may be decked out in pink, red and hearts right now, but in just over a month, it'll all turn into green and clovers as the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin announced the date for this year's St. Patrick's Day parade: Saturday, March 9.
Taking off at noon, the St. Patrick's Day parade will take its usual route through Downtown Milwaukee, starting at North MLK Drive and West Wisconsin Avenue before winding down Plankinton Avenue, Kilbourn Avenue, back on North MLK Drive, crossing the river on Juneau Drive and finally wrapping at the intersection of Water Street and Highland Avenue. This year's edition will feature more than 200 dancers, drum corps, pipers, floats and more – including 2024 honorees Irishman of the Year Dan Stotmeister, Irish Rose Gail Hettrick and Parade Marshall Dan Schlitz.
“The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of Milwaukee’s oldest traditions, and we have an exciting event in store for you this year,” said Mike Boyle, Parade Director of the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin, in a release. “Although Milwaukee is known for its German heritage, the Irish community also has deep roots in the city. We look forward to celebrating the Celtic culture with you on March 9!”
Of course, the parade itself is just a part of the annual Downtown St. Patrick's Day party. The festivities will technically begin the night before – Friday, March 8 – with the annual ShamROCK kick-off party, featuring live music from Ian Gould, drink specials, raffles and more at Lucky Clover from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The pre-party is free and open to the public.
Then, to keep the cheer going after the ceremony, the Shamrock Club will host its post-parade party at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center starting at 1:30 p.m., complete with more dance and music, more raffles and more delicious food and drink. Admission is required for the event, with entry costing $10 for an individual ticket and $25 for a family, with kids under 12 allowed in for free.
“This year it will be known as St. Patrick’s month in Downtown Milwaukee,” said Stacie Callies, Executive Director of Westown Association, in the release. “Between the Shamrock Shuffle on March 2, St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 9 and the official holiday on March 17, locals and visitors will have three weekends to celebrate the city’s Irish roots.”
For more information on this year's parade, check out the St. Patrick's Day parade's official site – and to purchase admission for the after-party, click here.
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.