The Annual Alexandria St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show will take place in Old Town on March 2.The event is presented by the Ballyshaners, which is a nonprofit organization that aims to promote and preserve Irish heritage. More than 2,000 participants will march in the parade on King Street, including dog rescue groups, pipe and drum bands, the Notre Dame Alumni Band, historical re-enactors, Shriners and Kena cars, and Irish dancers. The Fun Dog Show will take place on Market Square before the parade and will benefit the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria. More than 30 costumed dogs will compete in a range of categories, including Best Human/Canine Look-Alike, Most Talented and Most St. Paddy’s Spirit.
Images below of a previous parade courtesy of the Ballyshaners
George Washington's Birthday Celebration events will take place all day on February 18.Admission is free.The events will include a presidential tribute featuring honored guests and a wreath-laying at the Washingtons' Tomb, plus remarks given by esteemed speakers. Continental soldiers of the Commander-in-Chief's Guard will conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps will play patriotic music.There will be dancing on the bowling green and the Washington family will share stories about past celebrations of the General's birthday. Visitors can pose like George Washington in front of a life-sized version of Gilbert Stuart's Lansdowne painting in the Education Center Lobby.The Old Guard will conclude the ceremony with a gun salute to the first president.
George Washington's 287th Birthday will be celebrated on February 22 – the actual day of his birth.Admission will be free and there will be a ceremony honoring new citizens in the Robert H. and Clarice Smith Auditorium. Visitors can "savor a piece of birthday cake in the Vaughan Lobby(while supplies last)."