The parade theme is “Music Makes the World Go Round.”

2020 County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade set for March 14

Parade entries are now being accepted for the Ventura Elks Club’s 32nd annual County Ventura St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will commence at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 14, along Main Street in downtown Ventura.

Among the county’s most popular annual community events, the parade draws thousands of folks young and old, who line the route along Main Street, starting near Mission San Buenaventura.

Entry to join in the parade is easy: Prospective entrants can simply go to the parade website and follow the basic all-online steps to submit their forms and pay via PayPal. Entry deadline is Thursday, March 5; only the first 100 entries will be accepted.

Leading the parade as its grand marshal will be Nan Drake, longtime co-chair of the parade committee (along with Jim Monahan and Brian Brennan). Drake is the governmental affairs and public relations director for E.J. Harrison and Sons, a 32-year sponsor of the parade. She’s proud of her work, she said, “because every day at Harrison, we improve the environment by recycling with the help of all of the residents and businesses in their service areas.”

Drake is a former Ventura City Council member and a former chair of the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board. Equally avid about the environment and the economy, she is currently the board chair of the Economic Development Collaborative, where she works with the board to develop economic strategies to improve the economic climate in the region. She also has served as chair and on the boards of many local chambers of commerce. She has earned countless awards and accolades over the years and for the past 12 years has been named among the Top 50 Women in Business in the Tri-Counties; this annual honor is presented by the Pacific Coast Business Times, which is celebrating its 25th year serving the regional business community.

For more information on the parade and to enter, visit

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