Milwaukee celebrated its first St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17, 1843. One of the earliest in the United States, the parade predates Wisconsin’s statehood and Milwaukee’s incorporation as a city!
- It was the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade held outside of the 13 original colonies
- The parade was originally inspired and influenced by two Irish movements of the time: the Repeal Movement and the Temperance Movement
The modern version of the parade began in 1967 with the Inaugural Shamrock Club of Wisconsin’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Wisconsin Avenue.
- construction moved the parade route over the years, but in 2002 it returned to its downtown home
- today the parade celebrates and honors Milwaukee’s Irish heritage and the Irish-American experience with the downtown community
Enjoy the Shamrock Club of Wisconsin’s 50th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade,
a legacy 173 years in the making!