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Celebrate the Emerald Isle in Downtown Hollywood, Florida!

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The Details: For 14 years, the Hibernians of Hollywood have teamed with the City to put on a parade and festival for thousands to experience the fun-loving spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.

Traditional Float Parade
Well-known, South Florida radio celebrity John “Footy” Kross will emcee the parade featuring dozens of floats and pipe bands—including the famous New York Police Department Emerald Society Pipe and Drum Corps. Get ready to “go green” with shamrocks and sparkling green and gold mardi gras beads! The parade begins at 1pm and makes it way down Hollywood Blvd and Harrison St.

Parade Grand Marshal & Jr. Grand Marshal

Hollywood Police Chief Chad Wagner will join the celebration of all things Irish, along with Jr. Grand Marshal, Josh Pita, who is representing Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital and Emmy’s Heart, an organization that donates super-hero capes and tutus for children battling life threatening illnesses.

Irish Entertainment & Live Music
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

Emerald Isle Lucky Land

Anniversary Park at Hollywood Blvd and 20th Ave becomes a fantasy land of fun and games for the littlest leprechauns. Kids can try their luck with the Lucky Roll Giant Dice Game, the End of the Rainbow Maze, Leaping Leprechauns and Blarney Stone Scramble. Plus, story-telling, arts and crafts and more!

Irish Food & Drink
Downtown restaurants will be offering festival specials including Irish favorites like Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shepherd’s Pie and green-colored drinks!

Parade Grand Marshal & Jr. Grand Marshal
The Hibernians have named City of Hollywood Police Chief Chadwick Wagner the parade Grand Marshal. Chief Wagner has been with the Hollywood Police Department for nearly 30 years and is a native of South Florida. “I’m honored to be part of this great tradition in downtown Hollywood,” says Chief Wagner.

For the second year, a child undergoing treatment at Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital (JDCH) in Hollywood will serve as the parade’s Junior Grand Marshal. Each year the parade committee works with JDCH to designate a child to have a place of honor in the parade creating a once in a lifetime experience for the participant and helping to raise awareness about childhood cancers.

This year’s Junior Grand Marshal is 8 year-old Josh Pita. Josh was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in November of 2010. Since then he’s undergone more than 90 chemotherapy treatments and spent countless days in the hospital.

“I don’t know where we’d be without Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital,” says Josh’s mother, Laura Pita. “They’ve worked so hard to make it a place where children feel comfortable and families feel supported.”

Josh and his family have also made it a priority to help families dealing with serious childhood diseases. In 2011, Laura created a non-profit organization named Emmy’s Heart, after Josh’s grandmother who lost her battle with cancer in April 2010. She came up with the idea to make superhero capes and butterfly ballerina tutus for children coping with life-threatening illnesses. Their motto is “because every boy and girl should fly!” In less than a year, they’ve provided hundreds of hand-made tutus and capes to hospitalized children, and opened four Emmy’s Heart chapters in cities across the U.S. with plans for seven more.

“Distraction is so important for kids dealing with a serious illness,” says Laura Pita.” Twirling around in a tutu is a great way to take your mind off medical treatments and tests.” Josh, his parents and three brothers will be decked out in tutus and superhero capes to ride in the parade.

Learn about the history of St. Patrick’s Day and how it’s celebrated worldwide at

Parade Route
The parade begins at 1:00 p.m. at 21st Ave and Harrison St and travels north to Hollywood Blvd, east to Young Circle, south to Harrison and back to 21st Ave.

Easy access to Downtown Hollywood; east of I-95 on Hollywood Boulevard, between Dixie Highway and US1.

Traffic & Parking
Street Closures
Hollywood Boulevard from 18th avenue (Young Circle) to 21st Avenue, 19th and 20th Avenues from Harrison Street to Tyler Street, 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

In addition, northbound Dixie Highway (21st Avenue) from Monroe Street north to Hollywood Boulevard, Young Circle (Federal Highway) from Tyler Street to Harrison Street and Harrison Street from 18th Avenue (Young Circle) to 21st Avenue.

Official Event Parking ($10 flat rate) is available at many public and private lots and garages throughout downtown Hollywood. The City of Hollywood has two municipal parking garages located at 19th Avenue and Polk Street and 20th Avenue and Van Buren Street. On-street parking is also available.


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