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3/11/2013 1:58:00 PM
St. Patrick's Day Parade returns to Sedona for 43rd year
The parade begins at Jordan Historical Park and makes its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue.
The parade begins at Jordan Historical Park and makes its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue.

Sedona's 43rd annual St. Patrick's Parade and Festival will start at 10:30 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. March 16.

Bring your chairs early to set up along the Parade route on Jordan Road. Master of Ceremonies, John Conway is lending his skill for announcing both the Parade entries from the judging stand and the Festival activities from the Festival stage. A Parade & Festival Event Program will be distributed that morning along the parade route and will also be available at the Festival.

The parade begins at Jordan Historical Park and makes its way along Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. It's made possible by Parade Title Sponsor Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, Attorneys at Law and other businesses that provide financial support or services.

The Parade Grand Marshals are Sedona's First Responders, represented by the Fire Chief and Police Chief, and the Color Guard is provided by Camp Verde Cavalry.

The line-up includes dignitaries, bagpipers, bands, dance troupes, canines groups and businesses from all across Northern Arizona, plus local social, cultural, sports, civic & religious organizations. They come on foot, horseback, with canines and in vehicles of all sorts.

The Festival immediately follows the parade and goes until 3 p.m. Stay to enjoy the free festivities, made possible by our Festival Title Sponsor Red Rock Western Jeep Tours & A Day in the West, along with other businesses. The fun is all set up near the end of the parade in the BR Clinic/Sedona Meditation Center & Chatauqua building Parking lots, on the corners of Jordan Road and Apple Avenue.

An opening ceremonial song will be performed by Pipe Major Michael Donelson & bagpiper Martha Shideler, both from the Southwest Skye Pipes & Drums.

The Festival's featured music will be Karl Jones and his band Dublin Soul, who entertain with Irish ballads & contemporary Irish music in Celtic Folk, Rock and Rhythm and Blues genres. Karl, raised and educated in Dublin, now lives in Sedona and plays with local musicians in the area.

You'll also see two complementary dance performances. First, McTeggart Irish Dancers of Arizona will demonstrate their step dance skills. A wee bit later, Sedona Strings, talented youth from Sedona Charter School, will delight with a fiddling performance.

A multitude of children's activities are available free of charge! There will be a Bouncy Castle and Joust Arena, Face Painting, Balloon Animals, Bean Bag Toss games, Smokey the Bear & Woodsy Owl with a Spin the Wheel game on Forest Safety and a Firefighter cutout for photo opportunities. Sedona Arts Center artist Joni Wolter will help you make your own Fiberclay creation, you can color on a Monster Mural, and Light Body Fitness instructor, Rima Serin, will teach a hip-hop dance. You can even visit with an Irish Maiden and a Celtic Knight.

The festival foods feature lunch provided by Sedona Community Center with proceeds to benefit Sedona's "Meals on Wheels" program, and a sweet treats booth with handmade goodies by Sedona Fudge Company.

A Beer Garden will be available to adults 21 years and older, featuring Oak Creek Brews from our local Oak Creek Brewing Company with proceeds to benefit Sedona Main Street Program.

In addition, there will be a "Know Your Limits" booth with free breathalyzers staffed by Aspey, Watkins & Diesel, Attorneys At Law, who'll also share information about the effects of driving under the influence, laws, punishment and thresholds. They'll even call a cab for anyone desiring a ride!

Free parking is available in the Sedona Public Parking Lot in Uptown on Schnebly Road, which will be accessible only from 89A and Apple Avenue.

Additional parking is also available thanks to Sinagua Plaza along State Route 89A. Park once and enjoy the Parade & Festival as well as shopping, dining and entertainment all day and night throughout the Main Street district.

These festivities are free to attend and presented by Sedona Main Street Program with the Green Team and the NAU Special Events Planning Class.

The Parade and Festival are made possible by the generous financial support of many businesses, plus donated or discounted services from additional community businesses, organizations, and volunteers. 

Please join in thanks to the following for making this entire event possible:  Parade Title Sponsor - Aspey, Watkins & Diesel PLLC; Festival Title Sponsor - Red Rock Western Jeep Tours & A Day in the West; Over the Rainbow Sponsors - Sedona Fudge Company, BSE Rents; Pot O' Gold Sponsor - Sedona Pines Resort; Celtic Club Sponsor - Matterhorn Inn; and Irish Green Club Sponsor - Best Western Arroyo Roble Hotel and Creekside Villas; Site Sponsors - BR Clinic/Sedona Meditation Center, and Blue Sky Ventures, LLC.; Canopy Sponsor - DiBattista Construction Inc.; and Donors including the City of Sedona, Sedona Red Rock News, Waste Management, Sedona Fire District, Sedona-Oak Creek Unified School District Florange Signs and Designs, Greenscape of AZ, Enchantment Resort & Spa and many additional businesses and organizations contributing or discounting services to keep this traditional event alive.



2013 Parade Dignitaries

Grand Marshals-Sedona First Responders

Fire Chief: Kris Kazian

Police Chief: Ray Cota

Coconino Board of Supervisors:

Matt Ryan

Yavapai Board of Supervisors:

Chip Davis

Tom Thurman

Sedona City Council

Mayor Rob and Christine Adams

Vice Mayor Mark DiNunzio

Councilor Barbara Litrell

Councilor Dan McIlroy

Councilor John Martinez

Councilor Mike Ward

Town of Camp Verde

Mayor Bob and Suzy Burnside

Town Marshall Nancy Gardner



Parade Entrants

Arizona Cardinals Football Club

AZ Tour & Travel-Red Rock Western Jeep Tours & Day in the West

Bloom Sedona Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Camp Verde Cavalry

Celtic Harvest Festival

Chino Valley Marching Band

Connections Equine Therapy

Cub Scouts of Sedona

Dale Crick Chapter 793 Military Order of the Purple Heart

Flagstaff Kennel Club K9 Drill Team

Golden Weeping Willow Ranch

Greyhound Pets of Arizona

Greyhounds of Verde Valley

Humane Society of Sedona

Kirkpatrick for Arizona

Light Body Fitness

McTeggart Irish Dancers

National Day of the Cowboy Organization

Northern AZ Celtic Heritage Society

Northern AZ Estudantez Soccer Club

Northern AZ Veterans Military Honor Guard

Oak Creek Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution

PFLAG - Sedona-Verde Valley

Pink Jeep Tours

Potter's Hand Productions

Red Rock Posse

Red Rock Youth Football

Rio Verde Roverettes

Second Chance Center for Animals

Sedona Car Club

Sedona Fire District

Sedona Girl Scout Neighborhood

Sedona Heritage Museum

Sedona Korean American Association

Sedona Main Street Program Board

Sedona Meditation Center

Sedona Pines Resort

Sedona Sunrise Center for Adults

Sedona United Methodist Church

Sedona Verde Valley Pride

Sound Bites Grill

Southwest Skye Pipes & Drums

Suddenlink

The Great Latch On

Touchstone Gallery

US Forest Service

Verde Valley Habitat for Humanity

Yavapai Apache Tribal Queen

Yavapai County Sheriff's Office


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