Denver St. Patrick’s Day Route and Basic Info

TIME: Steps off at 10 a.m., on Saturday March 16 and generally lasts until 1:30 or 2 p.m.
ROUTE: Starts at Coors Field parking lot, steps off at 27th and Blake, Blake west to 17th, 17th to Wynkoop, Wynkoop back to Coors Field.
VIEWING: Anywhere along the route is a good spot.
PARKING: Street parking is prohibited on the parade route, but plenty of parking lots are available on near-by streets.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Light rail and RTD busses run to the Union Station and parade route areas. Visit the RTD site for route information. Remember that the trains fill up on parade morning so allow yourself plenty of time.

The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade welcome the regions diverse community to lower downtown Denver (LoDo) to be a part of one of the largest St. Pat’s Day party in the country! No matter what your background, you can be a part of the “green scene” that will line the parade route in honor of Ireland’s Saint Patrick. The parade is free with great viewing all along the way.
(See Parade Route Map on Page 3)
The parade steps off at 10:00am on Saturday March 16, and should finish around 1:30 -2:00pm.
Sun, sleet, or snow, you’re in for a fun day of entertainment and laughs so bring your friends and family.

The theme of the 51st parade is, Honoring Colorado’s Irish: Liberty, Freedom, Opportunity.
The 2013 Queen Colleen Jessica Lesser & her Court will be at the helm of the parade.
Jessica Lesser is sponsored by Colorado Emerald Society. She was a multiple National & World qualifier in solo Irish dancing, but won the Regional’s, National’s, “All Ireland’s” & World Championships with her team members at Celtic Steps School of Irish Dance. Jessica is also the 2013
“Denver Rose” will also compete for the Rose of Tralee crown later this year in Ireland.
Queen Colleen 2nd Runner-up is Susannah Faulkner, sponsored by Udi’s Gluten Free Foods, is a member of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee as well as the Irish Network of Colorado. 1st Runner-up is Kathleen Zazenski, sponsored by Michael and Ann O’Neill., is a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and volunteer for Domesti-PUPS.
The Grand Marshall of this year’s parade is Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey. Mitch is internationally recognized for his expertise in DNA technology, applying that technology in criminal prosecutions and working to ensure that DNA science is admissible in court. He has trained law enforcement officers and prosecutors regarding DNA technology in the Middle East, Canada and throughout the United States. Mr. Morrissey is one of the lead proponents of using Familial DNA Database Searches in the United States and directs the Denver DNA Human Identification Research Project. A familial DNA search software developed under Morrissey’s direction is in use in criminal investigations in Colorado, Virginia and Wyoming.
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St. Patrick’s Day Run, Pedal, and Parade in Colorado Springs

Pedal on St. Patrick’s Day 50K Bicycle Ride March 16 at at 8:30am This fun ride starts at America the Beautiful Park and ends at Colorado College. All riders are invited to ride in the Parade. Next up is the 5K On St Patrick’s Day Run at 10:00am. This flat, looping course starts and ends at Acacia Park. Shake off the winter cobwebs and stretch your legs! Last year more than 3,300 runners took part. The Leprechaun Fun Run happens at 11:00am, for kids 10 and under.
Runners and riders will pick up their packets at the St Patty’s Sports Expo on Thursday March 14 and Friday March 15 from 11:00am to 7:00pm. Hosted by the City Auditorium, the Expo will feature top running and biking gear, fitness and wellness professionals and much more!

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place at 12:00 noon, in Downtown Colorado Springs. The parade will begin at St. Vrain & Tejon and continue south down Tejon Street to Vermijo. Over 100 units, including marching bands, floats, classic cars, bagpipers, and lots of leprechauns! More than 30,000 spectators are expected to attend, filling the streets of downtown with smiling Irish eyes and green … everything!
Grand Stand seating is available if you would like to be in the middle of the action with comfortable seats! Advance tickets are required and are available by calling 719.635.8803. Tickets include seating near the Parade Announcer, snacks, drinks, and Irish baubles!

Additional information on the Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade is available at or by calling 719.635.8803.
Colorado State University’s Grandin is lucky charm for local St. Patty’s Day parade
Temple Grandin isn’t Irish, but the famous Colorado State University professor will put on the green – and gold – to fill the role of grand marshal for the popular Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Fort Collins next month.
Grandin travels the world to discuss her pioneering work in farm-animal welfare and her experience overcoming personal struggles with autism. She is well-versed in public speaking, book-signing, media interviews, and accepting all manner of honors and accolades. She’s often stopped at airports and restaurants when recognized as the world’s most famous autistic person, and the subject of a highly acclaimed movie. But the event on Saturday, March 16, will mark Grandin’s first time as a parade grand marshal. Grandin said she’s ready to hop aboard the grand marshal’s horse drawn carriage to cheer on the local Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the city she has called home for nearly 25 years. “It’s going to be fun,” said Grandin, who began working in the CSU Department of Animal Sciences in 1990. “When I get asked to do local things, I always try to do them. I think it’s important to be doing things in the community.”
The Downtown Fort Collins parade, sponsored by Lucky Joe’s Sidewalk Saloon, will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 16, and will travel a route about 1 mile long through Old Town. The parade typically includes approximately 90 entries and thousands of community spectators, said Peggy Lyle, assistant director of the Downtown Fort Collins Business Association, which coordinates the annual parade. “Dr. Temple Grandin is well known across the world for her academic accomplishments at CSU and it is a great honor to celebrate her at this event.“ said Peggy Lyle, Assistant Director for the DBA. “Temple is one of the biggest stars in our community and we feel privileged that she calls CSU and Fort Collins home.”
Grandin is among them: Her research at CSU has provided new insights into livestock behavior, allowing Grandin to design humane handling systems, guidelines and auditing strategies used by livestock producers and meat packers worldwide. With her remarkable innovations, Grandin and has become a hero for people with autism and their families.
Grandin’s work in animal welfare is intertwined with her autism: She often says autism allows her to think visually – or to “think in pictures” – leading to a unique affinity with animals. This results in her problem-solving for the global agricultural industry and to humane practices that have built consumer trust in the food system.

In recent years, Grandin’s fame has reached new heights, with a constant stream of high-profile honors and media attention. In 2010, HBO released a biographical feature film called “Temple Grandin,” basedon her early life and career. The movie won seven Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe and a Peabody Award. Also that year, Grandin earned a spot on TIME magazine’s list of “100 Most Influential People in the World.”
Parade information at or by calling 970-484-6500

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