While Rome is celebrating Francis I, we and many others celebrate St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland. My recommendation would be to partake in the events earlier in the day, and then head home as inebriation and excitement rises as the day goes on.
The main parade starts at noon and travels up Fayetteville Street, past the Capitol and down Blount St. to Moore Square, where the Festival takes place. Beautiful 70 degree weather will make this a beautiful day.
Just next door, Marbles will also host a number of St. Patrick Day’s activities like Clover Creations or a Leprechaun Freeze Dance.
Shreddin’ Irish! (St. Patrick’s Day Parade by twbuckner, licensed under CC BY.)