HOLLYWOOD (CBSMiami) – Grab your bagpipes and shamrocks and wear plenty of green as Downtown Hollywood celebrates the Emerald Isle Sunday with a full day of St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The Hibernians of Hollywood have teamed with the City of Hollywood to put on a parade and festival in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. The parade features floats, pipe bands, high school marching bands and community groups.

The parade steps begins at 1:00 p.m. and and makes it way down Hollywood Blvd and Harrison St. It’ll feature Grand Marshal Police Chief Chad Wagner and the New York Police Department Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Corps meandering through downtown.

Well-known, South Florida radio celebrity John “Footy” Kross will emcee the parade.

There will also be plenty of pipe bands, Irish step dancers, and children’s activities.

The event is free and runs from noon to 6:00 p.m.

For the second year in a row, a child undergoing treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital will serve as Junior Grand Marshal.

Bearing the honor this year is Josh Pita, 8, who has undergone more than 90 chemotherapy treatments since his November 2010 diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Several downtown streets will be closed throughout the day, including Hollywood Boulevard, Harrison Street and 19th, 20th and 21st avenues.

Traditional Irish bands will entertain the crowd at 19th Ave and Hollywood Blvd throughout the afternoon.

  • 12:00 pm Breffni Academy
  • 12:30 pm Joe Doughtery and Tricianne Garrihy
  • 2:00 pm Celtic Bridge
  • 3:00 pm New York Pipers
  • 3:45 pm UV – The U2 Tribute Show

Click here for more information about the parade and festival.



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