The First St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Starts at 10:00 a.m.
According to historian Dr. J. Michael Francis, who we have been proud to host here at Carriage Way Bed & Breakfast on several occasions, shared with us that documents reveal that spring festivities included a feast day of San Patricio (St. Patrick) in the year 1600 in St. Augustine, Florida. The discovery was found in a gunpowder expenditures log in Spain’s Archivo General de Indias, or AGI.
According to a post on Francis’ PBS blog: “In March of 1601, St. Augustine’s residents gathered together and processed through the city’s streets in honor of an Irish saint, who appears to have assumed a privileged place in the Spanish garrison town. Indeed, during these same years, St. Patrick was identified as the official ‘protector’ of the city’s maize fields.”
When asked by writer Renee Unsworth of TotallyStAugustine.com* how he felt about the discovery, he repied, “It was certainly a surprise … it did not register the first time I looked through it. … It was written in Spanish, and it took a few seconds before it actually hit me that this was a St. Patrick’s Day parade/procession,” Francis explained when he discovered these facts.
” … I don’t know how much it will change the national perception (of St. Patrick’s Day) which has evolved into something so unique. … It certainly forces people to pause.”
Read more about the discovery Here.
Don’t miss the only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northeast Florida. The Parade is an annual celebration of St. Augustine’s Celtic heritage and the Emerald Isle’s most revered saint. It follows a route throughout downtown and finishes at Francis Field in time for the beginning of the Celtic Music and Heritage Festival! This years’ parade features 5 Pipes & Drums Corps!
The parade route leaves Francis Field heading East on Orange Street, South onto Avenida Menendez, then West onto Cathedral Place. From there it proceeds North onto Cordova Street, turning West onto Orange Street where it will finish at Francis Field.
Bring your green!
After enjoying the parade, come back to Carriage Way Inn Bed & Breakfast and relax in one of our premium rooms, like our Gold Room.
The Gold Room
Located at the rear of our secluded Cottage and decorated in Industrial Chic, it has a private Entrance and Courtyard. The Gold Room has an iron King size canopy bed, large English imported wardrobe and antique dresser. The Jacuzzi tub for 2 with rainhead shower and dual body sprays is romantically placed in the room with separate enclosed water closet.