You, your family, friends and prospective members are invited to the Rotary Club of Fort Lauderdale welcome tent (with refreshments) on the green just east of the
620 East Las Olas Blvd
Bill Gundlach, 954 868-6370, and Lee Ann LeBlanc, 954 646-1175, are our welcome committee leaders.
The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day parade is tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 and starts at 12 noon.
All parade helpers, please meet at that location and be ready to get on the truck mounted floats, which due to size and logistics will be staged on site. Please be at the green on or before 10 am.
Convenient parking will be at the Riverside Hotel’s parking garage, which offers $5 all-day event parking, if my memory serves me correctly. One of the trucks will be able to bring you back to the Riverside green, if desired.
I wish everyone a safe and fun day. Thank you all for being part of this great event.
Yours in Rotary Service,
Mike Ryan, Chair
St. Patrick’s Day Event
Jorg Hruschka, Chair
Fort Lauderdale St Patrick Parade and Festival
Our president has heard there could be sightings of a contingent of our club’s leprechauns. For information or to enter trades for pots of gold, contact Mike Ryan, Jorg Hruscha or John Gustafson, our club’s tallest leprechaun.
NOON PARADE BEGINS on Las Olas Boulevard
at SE 5th Avenue and continues west to Riverfront
(Parade is 1 1/2 hours)
Kids' Zone at Rotary Way will present a Puppet Show, Animal Show, and Magic Show
This year, the pageantry and excitement begins bright and early at 7:30 am with the Shamrock Run, a 4-mile race starting from Huizenga Plaza in Bubier Park (Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue) and continuing through Downtown Fort Lauderdale to officially kick off the festivities.
The fun continues throughout the morning hours at Huizenga Plaza with live music, a drum line competition showcasing top percussionists from local high schools, an official welcome from Fort Lauderdale Mayor John P. “Jack” Seiler and a traditional Irish Blessing. Then, it’s time for the largest St. Patrick’s Parade in South Florida.
The St. Patrick’s Parade begins at noon and travels west along Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 5th Avenue to Las Olas Riverfront. Led by Grand Marshal Doug Eagon, President of Stiles Corporation, the colorful parade will feature more than 100 decorative floats, pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers, marching bands, animals, Irish dancers, street performers, scout troops, local sports teams, Veterans groups, and so much more.
Following the parade, stick around for the best Irish celebration in town at the St. Patrick’s Festival, which runs until 7:00 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the Riverwalk. Highlights will include live bands, Irish dancers, interactive entertainment, stilt walkers, leprechauns, and cultural attractions.
Youngsters will love the event's expanded Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, gigantic slides, pony rides, a trackless train, face painting, a petting zoo, a mini Ferris wheel and more.
The festivities will also include exhibitor booths, arts and crafts, souvenirs, and plenty of your favorite Irish food and beverages.
By hosting the event on March 14th, our downtown businesses will benefit twice -- once from the huge crowds that will attend the Parade & Festival and again on March 17th when locals and visitors come out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
For more information about the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade and Festival, call the event hotline at (954) 828-5985.
The St Patrick’s Day parade is on March 14 and starts at 12 noon and lasts about 1-2 hours. Since the Rotary float is a large entry, we will most likely be staging in front of the Riverside Hotel (620 E Las Olas Blvd.) starting around 10 am. Final details to follow.
The following motorized entry line up is preliminary only and subject to change:
1) Cliff Berry, Inc. golf cart
2) Rotary golf cart
3) Broward Sherriff’s Fire Department four wheeled cart
4) Broward Sherriff’s Fire Department fire truck
5) US Coast Guard truck and sea craft
6) Drop deck trailer with P-51 Mustang Fighter and Sherman tank, viewing area
7) Pickup truck and trailer with landing craft
8) Two WWII Jeeps and/or three convertible cars
9) CBI industrial pump truck
Please let Jorg know of any issues, concerns and/or any special needs so we can arrange for transport from the end point to the staging area. Thank you all for being part of this great event.
Jorg Hruschka, board member, Rotary Club Fort Lauderdale, “I am very excited about the St Patrick’s Day Parade. We have a great team working on the entry and float.”
Yours in City Service
Jorg Hruschka | Chief Service Officer
City of Fort Lauderdale | City Manager’s Office | Neighbor Volunteer Office
100 N. Andrews Avenue, 5th floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
P: 954-828-5568 | C: 954-709-3197 | JHruschka@fortlauderdale.gov