Going, Going Green

Charlotte Fire Department Pipes and DrumsWhat began with a few people and a bagpipe marching up Tryon Street in 1996 has become one of Charlotte’s fastest-growing family-friendly events.

The city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade combined with the Charlotte Goes Green Festival, which occurs on the same day on the parade route, now boasts ninety entries, from dance troupes to floats to pipe-and-drum bands.

"It seems like each year the crowds get larger and it’s taking on the feel of a much larger festival," says Captain Ken Bradey of the Charlotte Fire Department Pipes and Drums.

Despite the growth, parade coordinator Frank Hart says the event continues to see well-behaved patrons. "There's a stereotype of the Irish being drunks, and in twelve years we haven't had an altercation." 

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