Huntsville’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Posted on: 1:13 pm, January 27, 2014, by , updated on: 08:50pm, March 15, 2014

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Huntsville’s longstanding St. Patrick’s Day tradition is this weekend!

The 37th Annual Ellen McAnelly Memorial St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Saturday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m.  The parade begins at Spragins and Monroe and will make a one-mile loop around downtown — down Jefferson, around Constitution Village and Gates Avenue, then back up Washington Street and onto Monroe to the finish point.

There’s a small chance of rain in the forecast, so bring an umbrella just in case.  Rain won’t stop the fun, though.  It rains pretty often in Ireland — that’s why it’s so green!

The parade features Irish music, culture, and history in a positive, fun family atmosphere. WHNT News 19 is excited to be a parade sponsor for 2014 and yes, we’re excited to be in the parade.  Look for StormHunter 19!

Nearly 120 groups will be represented in the parade in all.

Stephen Stokes, Mayor of Greystones, Ireland (Photo: Huntsvillestpatricksday.com)

Stephen Stokes, Mayor of Greystones, Ireland (Photo: Huntsvillestpatricksday.com)

The 2014 Grand Marshal is Stephen Stokes, the Mayor of Greystones, Ireland, located south of Dublin.

Stokes welcomed a delegation from Huntsville for a walk around his city in October 2013.  He will arrive in Huntsville this week, attending several events and meeting Mayor Tommy Battle of Huntsville and Mayor Troy Trulock of Madison.

If you’re going to participate in the parade, staging is at 10:30 a.m. along Spragins Avenue, as detailed on the official parade website, Huntsvillestpatricksday.com. If you’re just going as a spectator, the parade starts at 11:30 a.m.

Music starts earlier with the Maple Hill Celtic Band entertaining from the courthouse steps starting about 10:15 a.m. Music in the parade itself will include the U.S. Army Materiel Command Band, the Huntsville Stickmasters Drumline, the Rocketeers Drum and Bugle Corp, the J.O. Johnson High School Jaguars Marching Band, the Sullivan’s Irish band, and Bourbon and Shamrocks playing from the deck of the good ship ‘Irish Rover.’

Make sure you wear plenty of green – the more, the better!  It’s definitely a fun atmosphere and you don’t want to get pinched – there will be plenty of leprechauns on the loose.

Diamond Hargrove (Photo: Huntsvillestpatricksday.com)

Diamond Hargrove (Photo: Huntsvillestpatricksday.com)

The parade queen has been announced. Diamond Hargrove, a junior at Huntsville High School, has been selected for the honor.  Hargrove is the daughter of Alvin and Talya Hargrove and has many accomplishments under her belt so far.  Read more about Diamond here.

The Queen’s Court will represent the four provinces of Ireland. Sarah Kennedy and Rebekah Pittenger will represent Leinster Province, Rhiannon Bacon and Aspen Hoover will represent Munster Province, Piper Gay and Chloe Wallace will represent Connaught Province and Stephanie Manning and Anastazia Carey will represent Ulster Province.

The parade is presented by Straight to Ale, the Irish Society of North Alabama, WHNT News 19, Maggie McGuinness Pub and Melissa Holley Photography.

Please help spread the word about the parade!  Check out the Facebook page or print this flyer!

Here are some photos of the 2013 parade. We’re looking forward to another great event!

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  • Bands, like Bourbon & Shamrocks, pictured here, performed traditional Irish music. This is their ship the 'Irish Rover.' (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • The bagpipe sounds were beautiful. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • Many people wore plenty of green to celebrate St. Paddy's Day. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • The young prince and princess of the parade. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • A Corgi, riding on the back of a motorcycle. The dog loved all the excitement! (Photo: Claire Aiello/WHNT News 19)

  • One of the leprechauns we spotted! (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • The start of the 2013 Ellen McAnelly Memorial St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Huntsville. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • WHNT News 19's Storm Hunter 19, driven by Alex Lynch. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • Madison Mayor Troy Trulock, with wife Dana. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • The Irish Society of North Alabama. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • One of the dogs in the parade - what a great wig! (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • There were several antique cars in the parade. (Photo: WHNT News 19)

  • WHNT News 19 anchor Greg Screws walks next to Storm Hunter 19.

  • Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle rode on one of the city's antique fire trucks. (Photo: Patrick Livingston)

  • This was Friday, the day before the parade, but we thought we'd include it to show you how the WHNT News 19 team got in on the St. Patrick's Day spirit. (Photo: Denise Vickers/WHNT News 19)

  • A young gymnast does a hand-stand for the crowd. (Photo: Kristie Lohrer)

  • Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle rides an antique fire truck in the parade. (Photo: Kristie Lohrer)

  • Photo by Megan OBradovich

  • Photo by Megan OBradovich

  • Photo by Megan OBradovich