Today the bars, streets, and people of St. Paul and Minneapolis will be awash in a sea of green clothing, tchotchkes, and beer.
Not sure where you want to party? We've got some fun ideas regardless of which city you're planning to celebrate in.
The Parade: Mears Park to Rice Park at noon. www.stpatsmn.org
James J. Hill Center
Hours: 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Cover: $10
St. Paul's Saint Patrick's Day Parade kicks off around Mears Park at noon, and ends at Rice Street. Like a pot of gold, you'll find quite a few ways to celebrate and the march's end location. While the Landmark Center will be hosting family-friendly performances and activities, James J. Hill Center is going more adult. Here you'll find appetizers, live music, prizes from Tin Whiskers, and green beer (your first one is free). 80 W. Fourth St., St. Paul.
Saint Patrick's Day Shenanigans Bedlam Lowertown
Hours: 11 a.m. to close. Cost: Free
While most bars and pubs will be packed with super drunk twentysomethings, Bedlam is going a little more chill with its celebration. There will be no green beer, but there will be adult beverages should you choose to imbibe. Corned beef and cabbage are on the menu all day long, and live music from Chokecherry and Whiskey Jeff and the Beer Back starts up around 6 p.m.213 E. Fourth St., St. Paul.
O'Gara's Bar & Grill
Hours: Music starts around 4 p.m. Cost: Free
Maybe you're not that into parades. Maybe you prefer a small burst of activity. You'll get just that, as O'Gara's World's Shortest Parade marches around the bar at 3:30 p.m. and is done with. No traffic jams, no crowds of people blocking sidewalks, just a minute or two of loud chaos. There will also be beer and live music throughout the day. 164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul, 651-644-3333.
Other bars with music:
Amsterdam: 6 W. Sixth St., St. Paul, 612-285-3112. Music starts up at noon, with Thirsty River, Brothers Burn Mountain Band, and DJ Hey There Handsome. Free.
The parade: Nicollet Mall, from 12th to 5th at 6:30 p.m. www.mplsstpats.org
Nomad's St. Pat's Pee Party
Hours: The pee party starts at 3 p.m. Cost: Free
How well can you hold your bladder? The answer better be, "A very long time," because you don't want to be that guy/gal. Starting at 3 p.m., the green beer is free until someone breaks the seal and pees. There will also be $3 Jameson shots, and craft pints are also $3 until 7 p.m. Later in the evening, at 10 p.m., That Dude Trey and B Rock will spin tunes to dance to with special guest Mike the Martyr. They're also be bringing two-for-one drink specials, if you're still standing. 501 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis..
Hours: Happy hour starts up around 4:30 p.m. Cost: Free
It might seem counter-intuitive to party at a British pub for St. Patrick's Day, but this downtown hotspot will be hopping all day. What makes them special is that they're sticking to their regular happy hours that day -- no price markups. That means from 4:30 to 6.30 p.m. all pints and select wines are $4.50, select cocktails are $6-$7, and there will be food specials for $3-$6. During the day into evening there will be bagpipers and live music from the O'Hammer Band. The parade goes right by the bar, so expect crowds. 1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
More bars with music:
Icehouse: 2528 Nicollet Ave., Minneapolis, 612-276-6523. 8:30 p.m. Reverse Cowboy, the 9/16s Half B-Day Bash and Leprechaun Toss. Free.
Harriet Brewing: 3036 Minnehaha Ave., Minneapolis, 651-225-2184. 3 p.m. St. Patrick's Day Party and Taproom Anniversary: With I Like You, Lehto & Wright, and KFAI Vinyl Voices with Joey Franklin. It's free until 7:30 p.m., and $5 later.
The Cedar Cultural Center: 416 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis, 612-338-2674. 7 p.m. Boiled In Lead St. Patrick's Day. $12-$15.
Kieran's Irish Pub: 85 Sixth St. N., Minneapolis. Noon. Alicia Corbett, Sweet Colleens, Broken Spoke. Free.