Saturday, March 13, 2004
Starting @ 11:00 AM and finishing by approximately 1:00 PM
Parade begins at Ottawa City Hall (Laurier Ave West @ Elgin St.), proceeds west along Laurier Avenue West, then south on Bank Street to Lansdowne Park, and finishes in the parking area at Lansdowne.
Total distance: approximately 2.8 km (1.7 mi.).
Parade entries will form-up on Laurier Avenue West, east of Elgin Street, between 9:00 AM and 10:30 AM. Each entry will be advised of their time and specific location by March 5.
A designated parking area will be available at Lansdowne Park, at no charge, ONLY for Parade floats, vehicles, etc. The parking fee for all other vehicles at Lansdowne Park is $4.00 (flat fee). Parking at City Hall is available at regular rates.
OC Transpo shuttle buses will operate along Queen Elizabeth Drive, between Lansdowne Park and Ottawa City Hall.
A team of judges located along the Parade route will select the best entries in a number of categories. The awards will be announced during the Parade Party in the Civic Centre at Lansdowne, after the Parade.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade Party will be held in Salons A, B, and C of the Civic Centre, from 12 noon until 4 PM. This Irish Party will feature a variety of Irish singers, musicians, and dancers. Food and bar services will be provided by Aramark Services. The Party is open to all Parade participants, spectators, and the general public.
Admission is $5 per person, with children aged 13 and under admitted free. This nominal fee is necessary in order to cover the various costs of the Party, as the Irish Society does not receive any of the profit generated by the sale of food or beverages. Two free tickets will be given to each Parade entry (not to each participant; for example, a float entry will receive 2 free tickets, regardless of the number of people on the float.)