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On Saturday March 9th at 11 a.m., one of the greatest Irish-American traditions on the Cape will kick off, this year with the theme of “Myths & Music.” Here are a few tips for attending the 19th annual Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day parade. These can be used by first-timers, experienced parade-goers, and even seasoned Cape Codders!

The parade begins at the intersection of Route 28 and Long Pond Road. It goes about two miles through downtown Yarmouth towards Hyannis and ends at Higgins Crowell Road. There really isn’t a bad place to be along the route—you’ll be able to see no matter where you are.

Tips for Attending the Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade

TIP #1

Wear comfy *green* layers. It’s March on Cape Cod, which means the weather is about as unpredictable as it gets. Last year it was misty enough that we all went home soaked. But the year before it was in the 50s and sunny. You’ll also likely have to walk a bit from where you park so don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes.

TIP #2

Bring snacks. It takes about two hours for the entire parade to pass by, which means you’ll want to have some snacks and water bottles ready to go. A reminder that it’s two hours from when you see the first float, not two hours from 11 a.m.

TIP #3

Catch those goodies! Bring a bag for you and your kids to keep the goodies they get from the floats that pass by. Organizers have gone back and forth on whether floats could have goodies (like candy or trinkets) over the years. Last year they landed on handing things out to the crowd instead of throwing them from the floats.

TIP #4

Bring chairs. I would especially stress this if you have young kids that are too old for a stroller, but young enough to be able to stand for that long.

TIP #5

Parking. I’m sure everyone has their own opinion about how and where to park, but I would recommend parking in the parking lot of Scally’s Irish Ale House. Then walk down Rt. 28 to find a good spot to stand or sit. Scally’s is also an easy place to bring the kiddos for lunch following the parade. Just a reminder that road closures may affect where you can get to and when.

TIP #6

HAVE FUN! The Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day parade is truly one of the highlights of the season. It’s something that my family looks forward to every year. There will be music, creative floats, and lots of smiles and happy faces.

You can check out the parade’s website for more information. If you happen to be around Boston for St. Patrick’s Day, you can check out’s recently updated guide to family-friendly Irish pubs!


Ashley Flanagan
Ashley Yehl Flanagan has lived in Dennis, MA since 2017, when she and her husband Chris moved from Washington, DC. While on Cape, Ashley has been an active part of the Cape community, including participating as board member of Friends or Relatives with Autism and Related Disabilities (FORWARD) from 2020-2022, member of Cape Cod Young Professionals, and as a parishioner of Our Lady of the Cape. Ashley met her husband Chris Flanagan in 2014, and after four years of dating, tied the knot in 2018. Ashley and Chris are raising three children on the Cape, their daughter and twin boys. During Ashley’s senior year of college, she started a career in the federal government, which led her to travel to 106 countries doing public affairs work. For the past six years, Ashley has been a senior member of press operations at a federal agency, where she leads public communications on global issues. Growing up, Ashley aspired to be a journalist and while in middle school, wrote movie reviews for her local paper, The Hill Country News. She graduated from American University in Washington, DC and lived in London during her junior year.


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