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40th Annual Beale Street St. Patrick's Day Parade

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The 40th Annual Beale Street St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on Saturday, March 16th on historic Beale Street! Come on out to see bands, cars, dancers, floats...maybe even a goat on a rope!

Carnival Memphis Krewes and their floats make up the backbone of this parade, along with marching bands, local charities and maybe even a goat-on-a-leash. The place to be for St. Patrick's Day is Beale Street in Downtown Memphis.

Beale Street is in the heart of Downtown Memphis and dates back to 1841. It inspired W.C. Handy's "Beale Street Blues." It was where B.B. King's Blues Club calls home. It has welcomed everything from bars and nightclubs to gamblers and musicians. Beale Street was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966 and was officially declared the Home of the Blues by an act of Congress in 1977.

While on the street, don't miss local favorites, the Beale Street Flippers as they do acrobatic stunts you have to see to believe. Also, tour the home of W.C. Handy (the Father of the Blues) and enjoy outdoor concerts at the W.C. Handy Park.

About The Beale Street

W.C. Handy, the "Father of Blues Music," once wrote:

"The Seven Wonders of the World I have seen, and many places I have been."

"Take my advice, folks, and see Beale Street first."

Beale Street is the number one tourist attraction in the state of Tennessee. It is part of the major entertainment district in Memphis, a lively area stretching eastward from the Mississippi river bluffs. With the opening of the FedEx Forum and being flanked by Peabody Place and AutoZone Park, Beale Street has become the center of Memphis' entertainment Mecca. But back in the day it was a simmering cultural cauldron of dice parlors, gin mills, pool halls, and bawdy houses. Its home grown music reflected what its residents most keenly felt; the blues.

The Beale Street Historic District employs approximately 700 people. It also contributes approximately four million dollars annually to local, state and county tax coffers. As of 2005, the gross sales were over $40 million dollars. Today Beale Street is a thriving, dynamic market. Memphis is on the map again, bustling with business as it was meant to be.

"The spirit of Memphis is sure to stay with you long after you've left"

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