Some folk might curse the fact that Saint Patrick's Day fell on a weekday this year, but the truly wise auld souls know it's a blessing in disguise: St. Paddy's on a Tuesday is essentially just free license to get crocked off your arse during the week; akin to adding two whole days to your weekend. You gotta love the Irish! Some of the major SPD festivities this year are following that game plan to a T: Delray Beach's 41st Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Party takes place at 2 p.m. Saturday along Atlantic Avenue this year's theme is "Jamaican Me Irish," a quasi-ridiculous notion that draws parallels between the two worlds-apart island cultures. But hey, who wouldn't want to replace starchy, saucy Irish grub with jerk chicken anyway? For a more authentic weekend-long bash, start partying on Saturday at Waxy OConnors (1095 SW 17th St., Fort Lauderdale). Their 4-day celebration will culminate on Tuesday with live Irish folk music and plenty of shamrock'd Guinness to imbibe.
Today, West Palm Beach is throwing a mammoth St. Patrick's Day Bash, anchored at O'Shea's Irish Pub (531 Clematis St.) and Roxy's Pub (309 Clematis St.). Sup on authentic Irish food and enough green beer to turn your eyes Hazel while you slowly delve into madness courtesy of the bagpipe music emanating from the two bars and everywhere in between. And wouldn't you know it: there's a parade too, and it's free. Likewise, the cacophonous cheers of "slainte!" should be louder than the crashing waves outside of Briny Irish Pub, tonight. (3440 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach) Local alt-rock duo SeKond Nature takes the stage at 9:30 p.m., and the 93 Rock crew should be in attendance.
And if all that simply sounds like too much of a green vomit-inducing good time, you could take another route on SPD: Redhead Salon (7750 Nova Dr., Davie) is dubbing St. Patrick's Day "St. Baldrick's Day." That's when they'll invite men and women to completely shave their heads in support of cancer research, making a donation in the process to the St. Baldrick's Foundation, an organization that combats childhood cancer. Call 954-990-4340 for more info.
Tue., March 17, 2009