Twin Cities denizens can be counted on to risk the notoriously unpredictable March weather to partake in downtown St. Paul’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, turning out in droves to make the event one of the most heavily attended of the year. Those who are impatient, however, can start their springtime celebration early with LuckyPalooza, an outdoor festival that takes place one week before the parade. Taking over two blocks, the Irish-themed event embodies the recent renaissance of the West Seventh neighborhood, as the numerous bars and restaurants open their doors to the roving revelry. Centered among three tent parties (hosted by Burger Moe’s, Cosetta’s, and Patrick McGovern’s), LuckyPalooza promises entertainment from the afternoon into the wee hours with the opening of the street to an array of vendors, food stands, and live music, including local country musician Chris Hawkey. Those feeling particularly bold can test their mettle on a mechanical bull, allowing their fortune and folly to entertain the crowd. Find more info at www.visitsaintpaul.com.