Stereotypes are bad — usually. But there are exceptions to every rule, and on St. Patrick’s Day, it’s probably best to drown your PC radar in some green beer. Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival is a longstanding South Florida tradition. The day kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday with the Leprechaun Leap 1K walk/run from Las Olas Boulevard and SE Eighth Avenue east to Huizenga Plaza (corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue). Check-in is from 10 to 10:45 a.m. Following the same route at noon is the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade featuring floats, Irish dancers, bagpipe players, and members of the Miami Dolphins, Marlins, and Florida Panthers. The festival itself will take place in Huizenga Plaza and along Riverwalk from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a kids’ area with face-painting, street performers and vendors, and live musical performances including Hootenanny and Against the Tracks. The entire event is free, and parking is available in several locations for an all-day $5 fee. For more information, a map of the parade, and Leprechaun Leap registration fees, visit ftlaudirishfest.com.
Sat., March 10, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 2012
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