September’s St. Patrick’s Parade Planned for Sept. 19
There are certain things that happen in Leadville to signal that autumn is on its way: the kids go back to school, the leaves start to change – quickly, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is held. Wait, what?! Isn’t St. Patrick’s Day in March?
Well, Leadville likes to celebrate its Irish heritage TWICE a year. Besides March weather can be cold and snowy for a proper parade, so why not do it again the third Saturday in September?!
So mark the calendar for Saturday, Sept. 19 for Leadville’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in September. The merriment starts at Noon at the top of Capitol Hill (in front of the Mining Museum), and marches down historic Harrison Avenue and straight into the Silver Dollar Saloon, Leadville’s Irish bar.
The Queen City Pipe Band will be returning to provide all of the lively bagpipe music that spectators have come to expect!
This one-of-a-kind Colorado happening is a spin-off of the true Irish holiday celebrated six months earlier on March 17. Today, it’s one of the Cloud City’s favorite traditions.
The great thing about September’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is that the weather in September is (generally) nicer than in snowy March. Plus the bagpipe music combined with aspens ablaze amid Colorado’s two highest peaks,make for the perfect fall day!
All marchers are welcome, meet in front of the National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum on W. 9thStreet just before noon. Don’t miss “Amazing Grace” as the parade stops in front of the courthouse. After the parade, the Queen City Pipe Band will play some great Irish tunes at the Silver Dollar Saloon. So, grad your shillelagh, pull on that green sweater and head up to Leadville for September’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Slainte!