Downtown Rockford will be seeing green this weekend, and this is how you can be a part of the luckiest and rowdiest party of the year. 

The 2017 Irish Marching Society Parade and Paddyfest will be kicking off at 3 p.m. this Saturday, March 11, South of the BMO Harris Bank Center parking lot on 5th Ave. The parade route ends at the Prairie Street Brewhouse where Paddyfest will be held from 3 to 8 p.m.

Paddyfest will feature fun activities for the entire family, yummy traditional Irish food, live music, Irish dancers and so much more. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Kids 14 and younger are free.

Here's the official parade route for 2017:

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To buy tickets in advance, or to see the Paddyfest menu and entertainment lineup, visit the Irish Marching Society's website here.

Q98.5 will be a part of the parade this year, so be sure to yell extra loud when you see us go by...we'll give you extra candy if you do. See y'all Saturday, and wear your green, because WE DO pinch.


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