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St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Paul

March 17
12 p.m.
Free
Barhopping, Family Events, Holiday

This weekend, the downtown streets of the Twin Cities will be rowdier than usual, as St. Patrick’s Day festivities march through Minnesota. If you normally miss the St. Paul parade due to it being in the middle of the day, then you’re in luck this year, as the holiday falls on a Saturday. At the stroke of noon, politicians, unions, local businesses, bands, and others will make their way through the city in a sea of green. This is the 52nd year for St. Paul’s parade, which travels Fifth Street starting at Broadway, then makes its way around Rice Park before turning on Washington to Fourth Street. Afterward, consider heading over to Landmark Center for family-friendly fun including traditional dance, music, and food and beer. Or start your day-drinking adventure at the Liffey, O’Gara’s, Emmett’s, or the Dubliner. Lowertown’s 12welve Eyes Brewing is launching a charity series on Saturday, called Craft That Cares, which will raise funds for good causes. On St. Patrick’s Day, one dollar of every beer sold will benefit the St. Patrick’s Association. Meanwhile, one city away, find the 50th annual Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This celebration marches at 6:30 p.m. along the length of Nicollet Mall. Though the parade is later in the day, people will start celebrating as soon as the bars open. Some nearby Irish pubs include Kieran’s, the Local, O’Donovans, and Kelly’s. Metro Transit offers free rides starting at 6:30 p.m. and running until 3 a.m., but keep that cell phone fully charged in case you end up needing to take a Lyft instead. Find more info on the parades at www.stpatsmn.org and www.mplsstpats.org.