It’s going to be a truly green weekend in the Emerald City with St Patrick’s Day festivities planned throughout the weekend. Friday evening at 7 p.m., the festivities get into full swing when 140 participants will take part in the 2012 Laying of the Green Stripe, marking the St Patrick’s Day Parade route down Fourth Avenue in downtown Seattle. Saturday morning, 15,000 runners of all ages, and sporting all shades of green, will make the St. Patrick’s Day Dash north from the Seattle Center and back again from the south end of the Aurora Bridge. Later on, at 12:30 p.m., there’ll be green everywhere when an estimated 4,700 parade-goers will line Fourth Avenue through downtown Seattle for the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade. At 7 p.m., a crowd of 35,000 green-scarf-waving fans will flock to the CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Sounders evening match against Toronto. For more details, please see below.
Friday, March 16
Kell’s Irish Festival: 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday
Post Alley between Stewart and Virginia streets – beer garden in alley outside Kell’s Irish Restaurant and Pub
Plan for expect congestion in the area.
2012 Laying of the Green Stripe: 7 p.m.
Staging at Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street
Seattle Police will escort participants north on Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street to Pike Street as they mark the route of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade with a biodegradable green paint.
Saturday, March 17
St. Patrick’s Day Dash: Race starts in waves at 8:30, 8:40, 8:50 and 9 a.m.
Staging on Mercer Street between First and Fourth avenues N (area closed at 7 a.m.)
Race route: Starts at Third Avenue N and Mercer St; heads east on Mercer to Dexter Avenue N; south on Dexter to Republican Street; west on Republican to Aurora Avenue N; north on Aurora to the south side of the Aurora Bridge; makes a u-turn, moves south on Aurora to the Broad Street off-ramp; then west on the Broad Street off-ramp to Harrison Street; and west on Harrison to the finish line on Fifth Avenue N.
Closed: Viaduct and Aurora Avenue closed beginning at 7:30 a.m. between the Western Avenue off-ramp and N 39th Street; all streets will reopen by approximately 11 a.m.
Leprechaun Kid’s Run: 8 a.m.
Race route: Starts at 3rd Avenue N and Mercer Street; heads east on Mercer to Fifth Avenue N; then south on Fifth to Harrison Street; west on Harrison to finish on the Seattle Center grounds.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: 12:30 p.m.
Staging on Fourth Avenue between S Washington and James streets and on Dilling Way between Fourth Avenue and Yesler (Area closed from 10:30 until start of parade at 12:30 p.m.)
Parade route: Starts at Fourth Avenue and James Street; moves north on Fourth to Pine Street and Westlake Park.
Motorists should anticipate congestion and plan their travel through downtown accordingly.
Fado St. Patrick’s Day Festival: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. (Sunday)
First Avenue and Columbia Street – beer garden on sidewalk adjacent to Fado’s Irish Pub
Expect congestion in the general area.
Seattle Sounders vs. Toronto FC: 7 p.m.
Expect congestion near CenturyLink Field before and after the match.
contact: Peg Nielsen, 206, 684-8114