NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — After two straight years of cancellations due to COVID, the Ocean View St. Patrick’s Day Parade is finally set to return this year.

The 1.5-mile parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Northside Middle School, the parade’s website says, and finishes at the intersection of First View and Government Ave. This year’s grand marshall is local contractor Stephen Ballard, who built both ODU’s football stadium and basketball arena.

The after-party parade starts at noon at 211 W. Government Avenue, with live bands, food and more.

With last year’s parade, COVID vaccines still weren’t widely available, and organizers said there were logistical issues.

It is expected to rain on Saturday, with potential severe weather around the parade time. Organizers say light rain won’t cancel the event, but heavier rain could. The parade was still on as of March 9.

For more information about the parade, visit