And it’s back for 2022 and is an Irish-style blast.
The annual Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 11 in 2023 – is only about a dozen blocks and lasts but a couple of hours.
But it’s this lack of hugeness that makes it so appealing. Instead of having to plan things out days (or weeks) in advance as in the case in places like Chicago and arrive early in order to secure a good spot along the route, it’s possible to just show up and enjoy the scene.
And what a scene! There are bagpipe bands. Vendors selling shamrocks and other Irish “goodies.” Floats and characters. I’ve been it it with Beach Cities Bike Tours as part of the Hermosa Cyclery group and launched PubClub LIVE!, three years ago from the balcony of Tower 12 during the parade.
People line up on both sides of the streets (Pier and Hermosa Avenues), with the biggest gathering spot being Pier Plaza. There’s always a place to squeeze in right at the curb.
As the event unfolds, the party people start to line up at the bars along Pier Plaza. The most popular of these is Hennessey’s – big surprise there – which pulls out its tables, puts in temporary jockey boxes, and charges $10 for a large beer.
Other hot bars on the Pier are Sharkeez and Tower 12, Patrick Molloy’s, Waterman’s, Hennesse’s Tavern, the new Vista with its outdoor ping-pong and Barnacles on Hermosa Ave.
To avoid the inevitable lines, the savvy South Bay party people constantly monitor the situation from the Pier during the parade and dash into their chosen bar before it gets too crowded.
Hermosa Beach Parade Event Dates & Details
Date & Location: Saturday, March 11. Hermosa Beach Pier area.
Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (appx).
Parade Route: The parades runs down Pier Ave., from Valley/Ardmore, turns south at the Pier, and finishes at 8th Street.