Boone’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Cash Prizes

David Jackson – President/CEO, Boone Chamber of Commerce

Where is your green? The time is near for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Bagpipes, Irish flags, shamrocks, and a sea of green will travel through downtown Boone on Saturday, March 14 at 2:00 PM for the Town of Boone’s third annual St. Patrick’s Parade. The parade will begin at Poplar Grove Extension and move east down King Street, ending at Hardin Street. Local businesses, nonprofits, civic organizations, and performing groups will have a chance to show off their Irish and mountain pride in one of the High Country’s premier events. A leprechaun emcee will be staged in front of the Jones House and a special panel of guest judges will score entries based upon attention to detail, difficulty of construction, and originality. Entries receiving the best scores from the judges will find a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, as a generous sponsor has donated over $10,000 in monetary prizes.

Guests will also want to be sure to stop by the Jones House lawn, which will host a free family-friendly kids’ zone. Inflatable bounce houses, balloon animals, magic shows, face painting, games, and treats will all be a part of the amusement. Parade goers are encouraged to hang around downtown throughout the day as area businesses and restaurants will help celebrate with various discounts, deals, and food and drink specials. Downtown parking is free on March 14 after 12:00 PM.

Register Online Here (Registration closes March 2nd)

2020 Judging and Awards:

A generous sponsor has donated monetary prizes for the entries scored highest by our panel of judges. Winning entries will be announced Saturday evening at the Daniel Boone Rail Jam at the Daniel Boone Amphitheater (591 Horn in the West Dr). Gates open at 5:00 PM and the announcement will take place around 5:30 PM. Each parade entry will be given one complimentary ticket to the Rail Jam event; additional tickets can be purchased for $5 online at or for $10 at the gate. Prize winners will also be contacted via phone and be announced on the Jones House website and social media pages.

Winner: $2000
First Runner-Up: $1500
Second Runner-Up: $1250

1st Place: $1000
2nd Place: $900
3rd Place: $800
4th Place: $700
5th Place: $600
6th Place: $500
7th Place: $400
8th Place: $300
9th Place: $200
10th Place: $100