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The Downtown Racine St. Patrick’s Day Parade, presented by the Downtown Racine Corporation, returns on Saturday, March 16th. It may be the 13th year of the parade, but don’t let that number fool you, there will be plenty of luck flooding the streets of Downtown Racine during this day of Irish celebration. At noon, the festivities will get off to a running start as downtown will be host to a 5K, so make sure you get downtown early to stake out your viewing area. The parade itself will officially begin on the corner of State Street and Main Street. The route will proceed south on Main Street, turn west onto Sixth Street and end near City Hall.

In partnership with, the parade will be host to the 6th annual St. Pat’s Day 5K®, formerly held at Jose’s Blue Sombrero in Mount Pleasant. If a 5K is too much for you, the race organizers are also featuring a “Paddy’s 0.08ish K.” The race will begin at Pepi’s Pub & Grill (618 6th St.) and follow the parade route backwards. Look for the top male and female finishers as they will join the parade procession upon their completion of the 5K.

“The Irish phrase for doing things backwards is ‘It’s so Irish’, so it’s only fitting to run the parade route this way.” – Patrick Flynn, Race Director

Immediately following the race, dozens of parade entries will march the downtown streets, celebrating one of the community’s favorite traditions. The Downtown Racine Corporation is still accepting applications, so suit up in your Leprechaun costume and join in on the fun. To download an application, please visit or email