Baltimoreans can get a head start on St. Patrick’s Day festivities when the St. Patrick’s Parade returns to Charles Street on Sunday.
The 62nd annual celebration of all things Irish begins with a parade mass at 10:30 a.m. at the Basilica of the Assumption, 409 Cathedral Street. Archbishop William Lori will be the principle celebrant.
Next, comes the Under Armour Kelly Shamrock 5K Race, which begins at 1:15 p.m. at Charles and Mulberry streets. A post-race party follows the run, with prizes and awards.
The parade begins at 2 p.m. at the Washington Monument, Charles and Monument streets. The parks around the monument traditionally serve as pre-parade staging areas, and Charles Street has typically been lined ahead of time with people jockeying for the best views.
Some of the sinkhole-repairing construction equipment that has occupied W. Mount Vernon Place for most of the winter has been removed just in time for the parade.
The 2017 parade will follow the same route as in years past: Participants head south on Charles Street and then turn left on Pratt Street toward Market Place, where the parade ends.
Organizers encourage people who want to see the parade to get to the route before the start of the Shamrock 5K race so they can find the best parking and viewing spots. They also remind participants that Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday and clocks spring forward an hour.
More information about the parade is available at irishparade.net.