Tucson St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival on March 15



It’s that time again, to wish all of you a Happy St. Patrick’s Day on March 17.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade & festival in downtown Tucson will be held on Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. See the parade map above starting at Stone Avenue and E. 16th Street and going north to Armory Park (between E. 12th and E. 13th Streets and along S. 6th Avenue).

More at their website (click here). Theme for this year’s parade is:

Our Strength is Our People


Grand Marshall for the parade is George O’Leary, “one of the pillars of Irish dance in Tucson.”  At the festival there’s always lots of beer, Irish and Celtic paraphernalia to purchase, lively Irish dancers, and good luck.  I’ve been to it many a time, and have always enjoyed dressing in green, wearing my shamrocks, and eating corned beef/cabbage or Irish stew.

May the luck of the Irish be with you at this parade/festival, and also on St. Patrick’s Day.


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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


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