One of the best things about living in or visiting Healdsburg is our great local parades. And, one of the best local parades is our St. Patrick's Day event. Join us for St. Paddy's Day and we will provide you with a green hat to wear to the 7:00 a.m. parade and also have a thermos of spiked and unspiked Irish coffee available to get you in the spirit.
Every year several hundred St. Paddy's Day revelers gather on Healdsburg Avenue amid the green glow emitted by all manner of lighted pendants, flashing hats and reflective attire. Everyone is ready to party when the bagpiper signals the parade's beginning and leads the throng out toward the town square. There's a royal entourage, a queen in sparkling kelly green tulle and dogs, kids, babies, grandmas, businessmen in costume. Most are clothed in green with whimsical accessories and, many of them bring their dogs.
This will be the 18th year. The event is hosted by the B&B Lounge, which opens at 6 a.m. serving Irish whiskeys and whatever else folks want to drink. It's rumored the parade started with three men in the bar, two of whom were playing a trick on the third by convincing him he'd missed the town's St. Patrick's Day parade. Then when March 17th rolled around the next year, they were compelled to hold a parade, even if it meant just the three of them walking around the square.
Who knows if that's the truth? Join us for the fun on St. Paddy's Day!