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Mayor’s Message

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complex; and more than $70 million in upgrades to 
Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Finally, I would like to thank City of Fort Lauderdale voters
for the privilege to serve as your Mayor for a third term.
We have accomplished a great deal over the past six
years. As you have read, our economy is surging,
unemployment is at its lowest level in seven years, property
values are increasing, crime is decreasing, tourism is at a
record high, and development activity is booming. Moving
forward, we will build upon our momentum and reach
even greater heights by working together as a diverse
community united behind a collective vision with no
neighborhood left behind. By doing so, we will build
community, strengthen civic engagement, and make Fort
Lauderdale an even better place to live, work, play, visit,
and raise a family.

John P. “Jack” Seiler
Mayor

JOIN US ON MARCH 14 FOR THE 
ST. PATRICK’S PARADE & FESTIVAL!

Get ready to renew a great Fort Lauderdale tradition. 
On Saturday, March 14th, the Fort Lauderdale 
St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival marches into downtown 
to celebrate all things Irish.

This year, all the excitement begins at 7:30 am with the
Shamrock Run, a 4-mile race starting from Huizenga
Plaza in Bubier Park (Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews
Avenue) and continuing through Downtown Fort
Lauderdale to officially kick off the festivities. The fun
continues with live music, a drum line competition
showcasing our area high schools, and a traditional Irish
Blessing. Then, it’s time for the largest St. Patrick’s Parade
in South Florida.

The Parade begins at Noon and travels west along Las
Olas Boulevard from S.E. 5th Avenue to Las Olas
Riverfront. It will feature more than 100 decorative floats,
pipe and drum corps, classic automobiles, bagpipers,
marching bands, animals, Irish dancers, street
performers, scout troops, local sports teams, Veterans
groups, and so much more.

Following the parade, stick around for an authentic 
Irish celebration at the St. Patrick’s Festival, which runs
until 7:00 pm at Huizenga Plaza and along the
Riverwalk. Highlights will include live bands, Irish
dancers, interactive

entertainment, stilt walkers, leprechauns, cultural exhibits,
and plenty of your favorite Irish food and beverages.

One of the main reasons we brought the St. Patrick's
Parade & Festival back in 2010 was to provide
downtown businesses with an added economic boost.
Each year, this event attracts thousands of residents,
locals, and tourists, who enjoy the festivities while
spending time and money at our downtown shops,
restaurants, retail, cultural and entertainment venues. 
By hosting the event on March 14th, our downtown
businesses will benefit twice -- once from the huge crowds
that will attend the Parade & Festival and again on March
17th when locals and visitors come out to celebrate St.
Patrick’s Day. It is truly a win/win for everyone.

Please visit www.ftlaudirishfest.com for all the details,
bring your family and friends downtown on March 14th,
and be sure to wear green!