The 46th Annual Sedona St. Patrick's Parade & Festival is a cultural-heritage celebration*. The St. Patrick's Parade begins at 10:30 am from Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Parade entrants come from all the Verde Valley communities and Flagstaff to showcase their civic, social, cultural and religious organizations and area businesses. Of course there's a Grand Marshal, Color Guard and dignitaries who are joined by bagpipers, bands, dancers and animals in walking and marching troupes, and a colorful array of vehicles and drivers! The free St. Patrick's Festival begins immediately following the parade, featuring children's and family activities and food booths until 3:00 p.m.
*This event is a community tradition and continues to increase awareness of Sedona's Irish heritage. J. J. Thompson was our first permanent Anglo settler and he was born in Ireland. He claimed a homestead here in 1876. Then he invited his friends and their family to move here, Later, a 38-year old Jim then married his friend's 16-year old daughter, Margaret, with whom he would have 9 children. The Thompson family was prevalent in local history in 1912, when Arizona reached statehood.
This free community event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program and Northern Arizona University Parks & Recreation Management Program.