If you live in an apartment in Mooresville, NC, there’s no need to head to Charlotte for St. Patrick’s Day. We are having a parade of our own. Dig out your kilts, don your green and pin on your four-leaf clovers Saturday. That’s when the fourth annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade will march through downtown Mooresville.
The 3 p.m. parade, typically held in advance of March 17’s St. Patrick’s Day, will begin near the corner of Main Street and Iredell Avenue. Led by N.C. Rep. John Fraley as Grand Marshal, the parade will roll south on Main to Center Avenue.
Irish wolfhounds and Irish step dancers will be among the highlights again, along with dance and fitness groups. The Mooresville Fire-Rescue Pipe Band, which made its public debut last year, will lend its musical talents, joined by Irish pipe band Ceo na Gael of Charlotte. Ceo na Gael members wear traditional Irish saffron kilts and were named Best Musical Group in the 2011 Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade.
This year the parade will see more folks watching from the sidewalks than ever.
Parade attendees seem to be increasing each year. It's a family-friendly, fun day out where everyone can get in the spirit by wearing some green.
A good time isn’t the only goal for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, however. Planners hope the event will draw residents in to see what downtown Mooresville has to offer.
With all of the events the Mooresville Downtown Commission funds and organizes, the idea is to bring foot traffic and exposure to downtown Mooresville as a whole and to the many businesses in downtown.
Statesville Record & Landmark