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What You Need to Know: Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 12

By Tom Marino | March 10, 2023
Last Updated: March 10, 2023

WORCESTER – The 41st annual Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade takes place on Sunday, March 12.

Read the 2023 Worcester County St. Patrick’s Parade Program Here

The program includes the parade lineup, a message from parade chairman Erin Zamarro, bios of this year’s parade grand marshal, Gordon Hargrove, retired executive director of the Friendly House, parade mayor Sean Gilmartin, a parade route map and more.

The parade will be televised again this year live on Spectrum News 1 channels 1 and 776 starting at 12:30 PM on parade day, with replays on March 17 at 8 PM and March 19 at 8 PM. The parade will also stream live on the Spectrum News 1 app.

To read the parade program, click here. For parade merchandise, click here.

Road Closings and Detours

The Worcester Police Department announced road closings, detours and expected traffic delays that will occur on Sunday, for the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Worcester.

The Celtic 5k Road Race begins at 11 AM, which begins and ends near Elm Park, at Park Ave. and Highland Street.

The parade begins at noon at Mill Street and travels along Park Ave. for around two miles to Highland Street.

Starting at 6 AM on Sunday, Park Ave. between Highland Street and Elm Street will be closed. Traffic in both directions will be detoured around Elm Park to reenter Park Ave.

Starting at 10 AM, Police will close Elm Street from Russell Street to Park Ave.

Police say travel across Park Ave. on Pleasant Street, Chandler Street, and other cross streets will be intermittent and facilitated when possible. Residents are strongly encouraged to avoid the area. Those who cannot avoid the area should expect significant delays.

Police also announced that both uniformed and undercover officers will be along the parade route and focused on individuals with open alcoholic containers and underage drinking. Massachusetts State Police bomb and explosive detection dogs will also be deployed along the parade route.

Police ask those in attendance to report any suspicious activity they may witness by using one of the following methods.

  • Send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message
  • Send an anonymous web-based message at
  • Call the Worcester Police at (508) 799-8466


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