Guide to spending St. Patrick's Day in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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Prepare to paint St. Lauderdale green on Saturday, March 16, 2024!  That’s the day of the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival.  This is Southern Florida’s biggest celebration of all things Irish and thousands of people will be coming to downtown Fort Lauderdale for this one-of-a-kind celebration.

The parade will begin at noon.  There’s a new parade route this year.  It will travel east on Las Olas Boulevard from Huzenga Plaza to SE 9th Avenue.

You’ll see colorfully decorated floats, Irish dancers, marching bands, Pipe & Drums Corps, classic cars, street performers, Clydesdale horses, leprechauns, lots and lots of green and so much more!

This year the St. Patrick’s Day Festival will be held at Tunnel Top Plaza on Las Olas Boulevard and SE 6th Avenue.  It will begin at 10 am and go until 7 pm and it’s free.  You can enjoy cultural activities and interactive games.  There will be a Kids Zone with games and activities for children.

Vendors will be there with arts, crafts and merchandise, making for a great shopping experience.  Delicious Irish food and beverages will be available for purchase.

If you’d like to dress for the parade and festival, there’s a great selection of St. Patrick’s Day clothes here.

And accessories can be found here.

So connect with your inner Irish and give a toast to the Emerald Isle on this great day in Fort Lauderdale! 

Irish Cuisine

If you enjoyed the Irish food at the festival and would like to learn more about Irish cooking, try these cookbooks.  And use our links to see how you can save money on them.

Or you can enjoy Irish cuisine in the 7 Best Irish Restaurants in Fort Lauderdale as chosen by the users of TripAdvisor.

  1. The Field Irish Pub & Eatery
  2. Briny Irish Pub
  3. Waxy O’Connor Irish Pub & Eatery
  4. Stout Irish Pub
  5. Kelly Brothers Irish Pub
  6. Con Murphy’s Ocean Bar & Grill
  7. Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub

If you love Irish food and you’re unable to get to these restaurants one night, you can get food from Briny Irish Pub delivered by DoorDash.  Check out their menu.

Fort Lauderdale Hotels & Flights

If you’d like to visit Fort Lauderdale for the St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, you should consider these hotels.  They are all offering discounted rates which can save you money on your stay.  Make sure to make your reservations in advance to be sure of getting a room as thousands will be coming to Fort Lauderdale for the parade and festival.  And the prices will rise as the date approaches.

  • B Ocean Resort – 28% Discount
  • Sonesta Fort Lauderdale – 21% Discount
  • Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort by Vacati – 20% Discount
  • The Victor Apartments by Lowki – 16% Discount
  • The Leeward Apartments by Lowki – 15% Discount
  • Ocean Sky Hotel & Resort – 15% Discount
  • La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Fort Lauderdale – 15% Discount
  • Comfort Inn & Suites Fort Lauderdale West Turnpike – 15% Discount
  • Avid Hotels Fort Lauderdale Airport – Cruise, an IHG Hotel – 15% Discount
  • The Jasmine Apartments by Lowki – 15% Discount
  • Days Inn by Wyndham Fort Lauderdale Oakland Park Airport N – 15% Discount
  • Holiday Park – 15% Discount
  • Great Escape by Lowki – 13% Discount
  • Casa Cordova by Lowki – 13% Discount

If you’re going to be flying to Fort Lauderdale, use a promo code to save money on your flight here.