Lexington County’s annual Shamrock Parade is happening Saturday – here’s what you need to know

The annual Shamrock Parade takes place Saturday in Lexington, featuring something new for the families in town.

County leaders announced the addition of a family festival to this year’s parade. It will take place in the Ice House Amphitheater parking lot and feature face painting, balloon making and much more.

The festival runs from noon until 5 p.m. Saturday and the parade begins at 2 p.m.

WIS Joe Pinner will once again emcee this year’s parade.

West Butler Street from Columbia Avenue to North Church Street, along with Haygood Street and part of Meetze Street will be closed starting at 12:30 p.m.

West Main Street from Columbia Avenue to North Lake Drive will close at 1:45 p.m.

Here is more information on the road closures from Lexington County officials:

The road closures and detours will begin at 12:30 p.m. with the closure of West Butler Street, from Columbia Avenue to North Church Street, along with Haygood Street and part of Meetze Street, to allow those involved in the St. Patrick’s Shamrock Parade to stage and prepare their floats. Please arrive early if you are participating in the parade.

The St. Patrick’s Shamrock Parade will use the route of Haywood Street to West Main Street to North Lake Drive to West Butler Street. Best viewing of this parade will be along West Main Street through downtown Lexington.

To prepare for the 2:00 p.m. start of the St. Patrick’s Shamrock Parade, West Main Street, from Columbia Avenue to North Lake Drive, will close at 1:45 p.m. All traffic will be detoured around the parade route until the event is complete. The detour routes will be signed to assist motorists around the parade route area.

West Main Street is expected to be reopened by approximately 3:30 p.m.

West Butler Street, from Columbia Avenue to South Church Street, will stay closed until all parade floats and participants are clear from the roadway.

It is advised that attendees please arrive early to find a parking space and seating along the parade route as this event is expected to be a well-attended. Please find parking in public parking lots near the event as those who park in private business parking lots take the risk of being towed from the property at the owner’s expense.

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