*Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) the Parade and Hooley have been cancelled. 

When the lines running down the center of King Street transforms from white to green, you know the Irishmen are not far behind. And we’re not talking about that Academy Award-nominated gangster movie with Delaware ties … we’re talking about Wilmington’s spirited and travel-worthy St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

On the Saturday preceding the official holiday, the city streets fill with a sea of green, and everyone gets to be Irish for the day.

The route of Wilmington’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, marked with green paint, runs 10 city blocks. A Wilmington tradition that spans more than four decades, the parade features Irish dancers, bagpipers, festive floats, and marching bands.

But any seasoned St. Patrick’s Day reveler knows the parade is just the beginning of the party.

At the end of the parade route, the Irish Culture Club of Delaware throws its annual St. Patrick’s Day “hooley,” (Irish slang for celebration) selling commemorative mugs, plenty of beer to go in those mugs, and food throughout the afternoon under a large tent on 14th Street.

The party continues across town in Wilmington’s Trolley Square neighborhood. The lively pub atmosphere sets the stage for a party celebrating Irish heritage that stretches well into the night.

Out & About Magazine also sponsors an annual bar crawl featuring local pubs in Trolley Square, on Market Street, and along Wilmington’s Riverfront. Highlights include Trolley Square Oyster House, Kelly’s Logan House and Trolley Tap House.

Want some inside scoop from a local? Visit Catherine Rooney’s, grab yourself a drink, and mention Hummingbird to Mars - a local speakeasy – to the bartender. They’ll know how to get you in.

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is right around the corner. Whether you are Irish, a wee bit Irish, or just pretending to be Irish, it will soon be time to celebrate. So get out your green, do an Irish jig, and come join the festivities in Wilmington, Delaware!

“May your giving hand never fail you and may we all be alive at this same time next year.” - Irish Proverb