Enjoy “Memories of the Past” at the 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Ventura! Led by former Ventura Mayor Jim Monahan, the parade will include the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office representing last year’s grand marshals, the first responders to the Thomas Fire; the Harrison family representing their founder Myra Harrison; the Women of Jewelia; the Elks Lodge No. 1430; the McGrath Family; Richard Rush, former president of California State University, Channel Islands; Mary Osborne, Ventura’s own worldwide surfing champion; and “150 Years of Ventura Families,” riding with the Ventura County Museum.
Each year the parade features dozens of floats sponsored by civic groups, nonprofits, and local businesses and restaurants; marching bands; car clubs; horses; clowns; and the Biggest Green Pig in the World. There’s also a variety of high school pep bands, youth groups and fun-loving adult groups.
Parade entrants begin to line up at 8 a.m. in the Museum of Ventura County parking lot; the community is welcome to meander down there before the parade. The blessing of the parade by Father Tom Elewaut from the San Buenaventura Mission will begin the parade at 10 a.m.
The County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade is presented by the Ventura Elks Lodge No. 1430. For more information about the parade, visit www.venturastpatricksdayparade.com