St. Patricks Day Parade, Virgin Islands Style
Yesterday, March 16th, the tiny island of St. John celebrated St. Patricks Day (yes, a day early!) with the famous and possibly shortest parade in the Virgin Islands! Starting at 8 am small crowds gathered in the streets and surrounding bars in Cruz Bay to claim stake on the most desired parade seats; most famously the balcony at The Quiet Mon Pub. The early morning ferries lent to more people coming over from St. Thomas to join the fun for the 12 oclock parade! Other great seats include Woodys Seafood Saloon, Tap and Still, Connections and out front of La Tapa.
The parade starts at 12 pm (ish, of course…we respect island time!) across from the fire department in Cruz Bay, rounds the only round about on island and heads down what would be considered “main street” anywhere else. This street is one block, start to finish and ends at a cross roads of one way roads. The parade heads right on the one way passing Dog House Pub, Long Board and Thomas’s Our Market Smoothie Stand (amazing and fresh smoothies for a hot parade day!) as it makes it’s way towards Mongoose Junction to conclude.
Who & What
Anyone is invited to participate in the parade so you will find groups of friends, businesses, restaurants, fitness classes and other private groups who get festive together and join the fun.
See you next year and Happy St. Patricks Day
Be there next year the Saturday before St. Patricks day for the shortest parade and join or watch the good times roll…100 yards!