Luck is in Store at the Old Sacramento Waterfront with a Leprechaun Hunt and Return of the Region’s Largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade

(March 3, 2022) – Those looking to kick up their heels and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day are in luck with special activations at the Old Sacramento Waterfront. The Downtown Sacramento Partnership is excited to present two interactive and family-friendly activities – a Leprechaun Hunt (March 7-17) and the return of the region’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade (March 12 from 1 to 3 p.m.). After pausing in 2021, the 24th annual tradition of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is back along with fun traditions that were started during the pandemic.

Leprechaun Hunt at the Old Sacramento Waterfront – 3/7 thru 3/17

To start a spirited hunt in search of lucky-yet-elusive Leprechauns, guests can pick up activity pages at the Old Sacramento Visitor’s Center (1000 Second Street) or download in advance to begin the quest for 10 Leprechauns hidden throughout the historic district. Each lucky Leprechaun will have a corresponding secret word that hunt seekers must fill in on the activity pages to move onto the next hidden Leprechaun to help discover the secret code at the end. Once complete, participants simply email the secret to [email protected] by March 17 to be entered into a random drawing for a chance to win lucky prizes that include gift baskets filled with local goods from Old Sacramento Waterfront retail stores.

To add to the fun and share the experience with others, hunt participants and visitors are encouraged to capture images, post them on social media and tag @DowntownSac and @OldSac. To download the activity pages or find our more detailed information about the St. Patrick’s Day Hunt, please visit

St. Patrick’s Day Parade – 3/12 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Families, friends, individuals, kids, and the young-at-heart are invited to join hundreds of colorful marchers dressed in green along with Irish and Highland dancers, pipe and drum bands, historic re-enactors, and a variety of cultural organizations at the 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade presented by Xfinity stepping off at 1 p.m. from Neasham and Front Streets. With nearly 30 organizations and groups participating, visitors are also encouraged to line the boardwalks of L, Front, J, and 2nd Streets for the best views of the spirited spectacle. Plus, shoppers will delight during a special Vendor Village that will be set-up at K and Front Streets from noon to 5 p.m.

For those wanting to get an early head start on the fun, music and entertainment starts at noon with performers dancing throughout the district alongside a lineup of local vendors and shops offering “lucky” specials.

The 24th Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade is proudly produced by Downtown Sacramento Partnership and made possible by the generous support of the following sponsors: Xfinity, Audacy and CBS13/CW 31.

There are plenty of options to get to and park at the Old Sacramento Waterfront, a world-famous, open-air, and walkable district. Guests are encouraged to visit to explore parking options, including the Old Sacramento Garage located at 274 I Street (enter between 2nd & 3rd Streets).

Visitors planning to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day festivities at the Old Sacramento Waterfront are encouraged to explore, shop, and dine at the 120+ locally owned businesses, restaurants and retail shops located throughout the historic district.

To become a parade vendor at the Vendor’s Village on March 12, applications are being accepted through March 7; please visit For more information about the Old Sacramento Waterfront please visit and for more about the Downtown Sacramento Partnership, visit

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