Denver’s Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade kicked off Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. at the Coors Field parking lot and ended at around 1 p.m. at 27th and Blake streets. Earlier in the morning, at 3 am, Patrick O’Bryan, Operation’s Manager for Colorado Barricade, and his first crew of 15 workers began setting up five road closures and 12,000 linear feet of crowd control over 14 blocks. Patrick’s second crew had Denver’s streets back in play by 2 pm. All in all, Patrick and his two crews worked a combined 180 hours for the 3 and half hour parade. This year’s parade was Patrick’s 10th out of the last 11 years. Thanks Patrick and crews!
Organizers estimate that 225,000 people celebrated this year’s parade. Denver’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest gathering of Colorado residents every year in one place, where everyone sets aside their own heritage to become Irish for a day. The parade is organized by a nonprofit group composed of volunteers with a deep love for the Irish culture. Denver’s parade is thought to be the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Nation. Coming in second only to Boston’s Parade that draws more than 600,000 visitors!
Denver’s rich history of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day dates back to 1889. Read more about the St. Patrick’s Day Committee and this long-standing tradition at http://www.denverstpatricksdayparade.com/about-us/history