St. Patrick's Day Across the Country
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 05:07 PM | Angela Carlos
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You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day, but you do have to wear green. St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and whether you’ve been brewing your own green beer for months or just now dusting off your “kiss me, I’m Irish shirt” (maybe leave that one in the closet this year), we have some ideas on how you should spend your St. Patrick’s Day in cities across the country.

(And for you brave lads and lasses, after checking out the fun events below, join the St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl that's happening in cities across the country and taking place on both Saturday, March 14th and Tuesday, March 17th. You'll hit up all the best beer'ing-and-boozing spots in town and there are even brunch and after party options so you can do it all the way up. St. Patrick would be proud.)

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New York City

Parade

Join the bagpipers and Irish dancers for the oldest St. Patrick’s Day tradition in the U.S.  The parade marches up fifth avenue from 44th Street to 79th Street, ending at the American Irish Historical Society (11:00 am to 4:30-5:00 pm).

Food and Drink

Want to start celebrating St. Patrick’s Day a little early? Dale Talde is co-hosting a Guinness- filled St. Patrick's Day dinner with Justin O’Connor of Dublin's Guinness Storehouse at Talde’s Park Slope restaurant, Thistle Hill Tavern, on March 12th (Source: Eater NY).

To get you in the jolly Gaelic mood, West Village eatery, Louro, is doing a StPatrick’s Day Nossa Mesa supper club dinner on Monday, March 16th at 7 pm, showcasing Irish-inspired dishes such as Shepherd’s Pie with braised lamb and potato foam, Irish Whiskey & Cheddar Soup. Tip: the $55 prix fixe event is BYO wine and beer. You know, for the holiday spirit.

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Philadelphia

Parade

This years Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade will start at noon and run until around 3pm.  Dancers, bag pipers and general celebration of Irish culture will put anyone in a celebratory mood.

Food and Drink

After the parade, head to the IN-Philly Parade After Party at Marty Magee's starting 4pm. There will be live irish music, ham and cabbage and drink specials, and oh-so-much Irish spirit - there's even new Irish history mural on the building, debuted just earlier this year.

To get you properly in the mood for St. Patrick's Day, on Thursday, March 12th, Fado's Irish Pub is offering a Tour of Ireland Irish Whiskey Tasting & Dinner event, complete with Jameson Irish whiskeys and food pairing.

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Chicago

Parade

It won’t just be the beer that miraculously turns green in Chicago.  The annual parade and river dyeing is quite the sight to see! The Saturday, March 14th parade starts at Balbo and Columbus at noon. River dyeing takes place at 9:30am before the start of the parade.

Food and Drink

Morning. Booze. Cruise. Three more magical words have never been spoken. The Saint Patrick’s Morning Booze Cruise happens on Saturday, March 14th and goes on from 9am to 12pm, featuring a breakfast buffet, live DJ - dancing, obviously - and drink specials. Remember, it's never too early to start "celebrating." 

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Washington D.C.

Food and Drink 

The Dubliner offers one of the most authentically Irish St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in D.C.  Boasting an Irish staff, exclusive Irish brews and plenty of dishes that will make you think you are on the Emerald Island instead of Capital Hill.  

Food and Drink

The best foundation for a good St. Patrick’s Day is a solid breakfast.  Rí Rá Georgetown is opening early to host a 7am traditional Irish breakfast, followed by a special Irish Happy Hour that will continue throughout the day.  Take a break from our Nation's Capital's St. Patrick's Day Parade and grab a drink while Irish dancers and musicians preform. 

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Boston

Parade

The mountains of snow piling up in Boston isn’t going to stop the March 15th South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but it will shorten the route this year. Less parade time is a shame, but it leaves more time to hop from bar to bar.  The parade starts at 1pm at the Broadway T station and ends at Farragut Road.

Food and Drink

Bid the Cornerstone Pub & Restaurant in Southie a final farewell on its last St. Patrick’s Day before it closes it’s doors later this month.  

Head to The Beehive on March 12th from 7:30 to 11 pm to enjoy the festivities of their 8th annual St. Patrick’s celebration.  Expect lots of Irish themed drinks, including Harpoon Irish Red Ale, music from Boston-based Cat & The Moon, and a menu of Irish comfort food.  No green beer here. 

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Los Angeles

Parade

Going down on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street in Downtown Hollywood, the St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival is "traditional float parade" that will start at 1pm and feature dozens of floats, local marching bands and (of course) spectacular bagpipe and drum corps.

Food and Drink

So this isn’t a booze-fest, but that can come later.  First, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some of the best corned beef and cabbage in L.A. at Langer’s Deli.  The piled high plate will be just the thing you need after a few green beers and Irish whiskeys.

Later: what better way to prove you're Irish heritage than with a proper bar crawl.  barcrawls.com is hosting a special crawl in Santa Monica in honor of St. Patrick’s Day this year.  The crawl starts at 5pm on the 17th and promises no cover charges through 10pm for all the participants.  Register for the event and receive a wristband, cup and map to lead you to the finest bars in Santa Monica this St. Patrick’s Day.

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