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Go For the Gold: 2023 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Welcomed Thousands

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

We’re dancing in the streets and seeing green. St. Patrick’s Day may be the official start to rainbow season, but we at CSG are reeling with excitement from the 2023 Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It was the second time the event has taken place since the pandemic began.

Families sit in cars from a roller coaster atop a St. Patrick's Day Parade float. The float features a large green shamrock and rainbow.
Elitch's Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade float. Photo courtesy of Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade

Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a family-friendly event with over 10,000 marchers and 200 floats, trucks, displays and performances from pipe bands, police, fire and emergency services, military, equestrians, charities, dancers, and marching bands. Hundreds of downtown Denver businesses and organizations host food, drink and shopping specials to provide celebrants with an authentic Irish cultural experience.

There are many day-of-event volunteers and community organizations that provide valuable support and resources to host this annual event for the Denver metro community. Since 2015, CSG is proud to partner with the Parade and provide cleaning and pressure washing services, as well as tent porter services.

CSG Clean Team technician Derryl has been a patron at past Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parades, but this year he was excited to work the popular community event. “I love working outside and being around people —especially people who are having a good time!” said Derryl. “Being able to help keep the streets clean and accessible for everyone to enjoy themselves is very rewarding.”

To keep downtown Denver clean and welcoming, it truly takes a team:

  • 1000 trash bags

  • 180 trash cans

  • 375 gloves

  • 23 CSG Clean Team Technicians

  • 2 CSG Porters

“It was another fantastic year for the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” said Michael Foley, chairman of the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade Hospitality Pavilion Operations committee. “CSG is an integral partner in helping us host a safe and clean Parade Route for our 400,000 spectators and the City of Denver.”

The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade began 61 years ago and continues to be led by a fully volunteer planning committee of over 300 volunteers. The Parade is a nonprofit, raising money to produce the event through memberships, sponsorships, individual and corporate contributions. It is not affiliated with the City of Denver nor any other government entity in Colorado. Planning volunteers dedicate hours of work to make this annual event happen.

“We are honored to share our love and pride for Irish culture with the Denver community year-round and culminating with the Parade Day event,” said Foley. That pride of community is something both CSG and the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers have in common.

CSG is a fair chance employer, providing equal opportunity for employment to hire the right person for the job. Individuals transitioning from homelessness, substance use, justice-involvement, or other life challenges are invited to apply for any of the current job opportunities at CSG. Team members work outdoors in downtown Denver, supporting many community events like the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Taste of Colorado, and Parade of Lights.

CSG is honored to support the Denver St. Patrick’s Day Parade for the past eight years.

A parade float features stacks of gold coins sitting on a green truck bed with a leprechaun statue. There's a truck pulling the float as it passes crowds of people lined up near Coors Field.
Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade, 2023. Photo courtesy of Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade.

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