Knox St. Patrick’s Day Parade: A Celebration for All

Downtown Knoxville gears up for St. Patrick's Day Parade and festivities.

Downtown Knoxville is set to turn green with excitement as the Knox St. Patrick’s Day Parade is scheduled to make its vibrant return on Saturday, March 16, 2024. This eagerly awaited event promises a day filled with joy, community spirit, and Irish flair, welcoming not only those of Irish descent but anyone keen to partake in the celebrations.

The parade is set to commence at 1 p.m., stepping off from the intersection of Gay Street and Main. It will joyfully wind its way down Gay Street towards Magnolia Avenue, where the procession will conclude. Revelers can expect an array of colorful floats, spirited marching bands, and various performers adding to the festive atmosphere.

In an exciting announcement, the parade will be led by acclaimed actor and comedian Josh Mancuso, known affectionately as the “College Mascot Guy.” Mancuso’s role as the Grand Marshal is anticipated to add a unique and entertaining twist to the parade, drawing fans and spectators alike.

Ahead of the festivities, several road closures will be implemented to ensure the safety and smooth progression of the parade. Starting at 10:45 a.m., sections of Hill Avenue, Council Place, and Gay Street will be temporarily closed, with additional closures on Gay Street between Main Street and Magnolia Avenue beginning at 12:15 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to plan their routes and parking strategies accordingly, keeping in mind that all road closure times are subject to change.

Beyond the parade, the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day will continue with Barley’s St. Patrick’s Day 5K on Sunday, March 17. This event will see parts of the Old City, Emory Place, Fourth & Gill, and the World’s Fair Park neighborhoods embrace the festive spirit, with road closures in effect to accommodate the runners.

Proceeds from the parade will support Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, adding a philanthropic element to the celebrations. For those interested in more details or in becoming part of the festivities, further information is available at

The City of Knoxville’s Office of Special Events has played a crucial role in coordinating these activities, ensuring that the parade and subsequent events offer a safe, enjoyable experience for all attendees. For more information on road closures and event planning assistance, visit The Knox St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the surrounding festivities promise to be a memorable celebration, embodying the spirit of community and Irish heritage in the heart of Knoxville.

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