St. Patrick's Day 2009

Categories: Festivals
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This Tuesday marks the celebration of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Minnesotans will use this day for a variety of purposes. Some will celebrate their heritage, some will enjoy family time at the parades, and others will use it as an excuse to binge drink on a Tuesday. Don't worry, we've got a round up of events for everyone.

Parades:

Parades are family-friendly, or something to stare at in a drunken stupor, it's up tp you!

The St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day Parade (651.256.2155, www.stpatsassoc.org) starts the lunch hour off right with a noon parade. It will begin at Sibley and Fourth Street, travel down Fourth, and end at Market. It's ideal for people that work downtown in St. Paul, or for kids who can't stay up for the later parade in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration (www.mplsstpats.org, 763.234.7111) is a great start for those planning on barhopping in Minneapolis after work. Bring a flask, or come early and find a spot in one of the Nicollet Mall bars, and wait for the parade to start at 6:30 p.m. The parade takes off at 13th Street and travels down Nicollet Mall to 5th Street. Another plus? It's super easy to catch a taxi or hop on the bus around the area.


Binge Drinking and Music:

They say that on St. Patrick's Day everyone claims to be a little Irish. Same could be said for the bars around town. Though pretty much any dive is going to have something planned, some bars have greater street cred than others.

O'Gara's Bar & Grill (164 Snelling Ave. N., St. Paul; 651.644.3333) will host day-long activities in both the restaurant, the bar, and on the street. Their "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade" kicks off at 3 p.m. starting at  Selby, traveling down Snelling, and ending with a march through the bar. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. KQ92 will broadcast live with Terri Traen. In the Garage, live acts perform throughout the day including Orange Whip, the Subsidies, the Irresistibles, Mark Stary & the Whiskey Roses, and Tim Mahoney.

Brit's Pub (1110 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis; 612.332.3908) may be an English pub, but they do know how to party for St. Pat's Day. Located right along the Minneapolis parade route, musical acts planned include bagpipers and 2009 Battle of the Jug Band winners Como Avenue Jug Band.

First Avenue (701 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis; 612.332.1775) will host Boiled in Lead's 26th Annual St. Patrick's Day Concert. Other groups slated to perform include the Minnesota Police Pipe Band, Roma di Luna, and the Brass Kings. The event is 18+, will cost you $10 presale, $12 at the door, and starts at 7 p.m.

If you're looking for something epic, Finnegans is taking it to the streets (or rather, a bus) with its 7th Annual St. Patrick's Day Pub Crawl, a day-long pub crawl. All funds raised will benefit the Finnegans Community Fund. The bus will ride to the best Irish bars, including the Liffey, Kieran's, and Sweeney's Saloon. To sign up or view a complete route visit www.finnegans.org or call 612.338.2288. Tickets are $40 and the rides goes from 1-6 p.m.

Other barhopping events of note:

Keegan's Irish Pub (16 University Ave. NE, Minneapolis, 612.252.0880) celebrates with the Minnesota Police Pipe Band and Erin Rogue at 5:30 p.m.

The Bulldog Lowertown (237 East 6th St., St. Paul, 651.221.0750), a bar whose beer list is approaching Happy Gnome territory in terms of epicness, will feature music by the Langer's Ball at 9:30 p.m.

Kieran's Irish Pub (330 2nd Ave. S, Minneapolis, 612.339.4499) will jam out with the Belfast Cowboys.

Kip's Irish Pub (9970 Wayzata Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952.367.5070) will feature activities at the crack of dawn including a live broadcast of KDWB Dave Ryan morning show with psychic Gary Spivey  from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., as well as two rooms of live music, bagpipers, Irish dancers, giveaways, and meal and drink specials. It's free for most of the day, but is $10 after 4 p.m. and $5 after 10 p.m.

Lovers of Irish Culture:

Not that into drinking but adore Irish culture? No problem, celebrate at one of these fun events.

The Landmark Center (75 W. 5th St., St. Paul, 651.292.3225) makes culture come alive at the IMDA St. Patrick's Day Celebration. It will feature traditional Irish music, dance, storytelling, 4 performance stages, Irish cuisine, a Celtic marketplace, bagpipers, children's crafts, and tons of family-friendly entertainment for a $6 cover from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
 
Book nerds should check out the University of St. Thomas O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library (2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, 651.962.5001) where their open house will include readings and displays of new and rare Irish books from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lovers of dance and step lightly with the Great Northern Diver Band at the Irish Ceili Dance at the Twin Cities Friends Meeting House (1729 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651.699.6995). The cover is $8 and the dance starts at 7 p.m.

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