Take Part In The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run

Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most exciting holidays around. There are parades, green beer, fun costumes, and now, a run! The Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run is coming back for its second year, and it kicks off the city’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities. The run takes off on Washington Street in Downtown Springfield at 9 a.m. on March 16. You can register for the two-mile run for $35, and the first 316 people to sign up get a commemorative pint glass.

Here’s what you need to know about the event:

The Race

The two-mile race basically follows the parade route. The route’s in a near-perfect shamrock shape, so you can’t help but feel the St. Patrick’s Day spirit when you run or walk. Last year, around 300 people joined the race, and there will likely be more next year. If you’re one of them, be sure to wear your green! It’s St. Patrick’s Day, after all.

The Afterparty

You deserve to celebrate after running the race, and you can do that at The Alamo in downtown Springfield. Racers will head straight to The Alamo for some post-race food and drinks before going to the parade.

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The Parade

The Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is Springfield’s premier event. It rolls out at noon, and you won’t want to miss it. It’ll be the parade’s 35th year, so it’s likely the organizers have some big things in store! Share the Irish Spirit is the theme of this year’s parade, and the Share the Spirit Foundation will serve as the Grand Marshall. There will be all kinds of floats, but if you’re attending with children, you’ll want to watch for the walkers. People will walk along the parade route and hand out candy and other goodies to the little ones.

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