Pretty soon, everyone you know will be gearing up to celebrate the holiday that makes all other holidays green with envy. Once again, it's that time of year when everyone paints the town green, drinks a ton of green beer, and dons his gaudiest green apparel.
This weekend, much of South Florida will celebrate St. Patrick's Day, which falls on Tuesday, March 17. From West Palm Beach to Hollywood, there are tons of ways to get your Irish on, with everything from festivals and parades to block-rockin' parties guaranteed to make your St. Paddy's Day one to remember (or not).
Here is our guide to the best St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Irish Fest 2015 West Palm Beach
This year, West Palm Beach will host the 26th-annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Fest celebration downtown off Flagler Boulevard. The event will feature live music and dance and an Irish marketplace with authentic Irish gifts and products for sale from authentic Irish artists, crafters, and vendors. An international food court will offer eats that appeal to a variety of tastes. This year, more 16 bands will perform live on two stages. The event runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, and 11 a.m to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Visit irishflorida.org. Downtown West Palm Beach is located at Clematis Street, West Palm Beach.
Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Celebration
Since 1968, the Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day parade has been one of South Florida's premiere parades. In 2010, the theme changed to pay tribute to the International Emergency Services community (firefighters, police, and paramedics). This year marks the 47th-annual celebration, with 12 fire department ladder trucks from a dozen Florida municipalities ranging from Miami to Martin County have come to represent their communities by pairing up in twos and hanging six flags across the parade street for all to pass under. The Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade is a two-day festival on the grounds of the Delray Beach Center for the Arts featuring live music, Irish dancers, and marching pipe and drums bands from around the world. Expect arts and crafts vendors, great food, and plenty of libations. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and is free to the public. The parade will run from 2 to 4 p.m. The Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Block Party and parade takes place at the Delray Beach Center for the Arts, located at 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach. Call 561-279-0907.
9th Annual Lake Worth St. Patrick's Day Charity Parade
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, so why not celebrate it at one of the craziest events in South Florida early? This Sunday, Lake Worth will be celebrating block party-style with its annual charity parade benefiting local nonprofit, Wheels For Kids (WFK), an organization established to provide wheelchairs to handicapped children afflicted with Cerebral Palsy living in Palm Beach County who are financially unable to purchase them on their own and who do not qualify for public funding or other charitable sources. Today, WFK accepts applications for any child living in Palm Beach County with a long term disability that will benefit from the aid of a customized or stock mobility device. The event begins at noon on Lake Avenue in downtown Lake Worth and features giveaways, Irish music, floats, DJ's, restaurants serving Irish fare, and -- of course -- plenty of beer. The parade will take place in downtown Lake Worth on Lucerne Ave. Visit wheelsforkids.org.
Dubliner Boca Raton Block Party
Boca Raton's biggest St. Patrick's Day celebrations happens each year in Mizner Park at the Dubliner Irish Pub. The party takes over the entire shopping plaza for a daylong festival, complete with Irish fare, bagpipers, cloggers, and music by Uproot Hootenany, the Heavy Pets, Rogue Theory, and Living Daylights. Morrissey Mike will take over come nightfall, DJ'ing all night at the Red Bull DJ Truck. Hungry? An Irish buffet will display the best of Dubliner's award-winning Irish fare, including the restaurant's house-cured corned beef, shepherd's pie. It's sure to be a party you won't soon forget. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. The Dubliner is located at 435 Plaza Real, Boca Raton. Call 561-620-2540.
World of Beer Coconut Creek St. Patrick's Day Block Party
This year, what is perhaps the country's favorite drinking holiday -- St. Patrick's Day -- will grace us with its presence on a Tuesday (March 17, to be exact). Luckily, most of the St. Paddy's Day-themed celebrations going down this weekend. This Saturday, that list will include the World of Beer (WOB) in Coconut Creek, which will celebrate the luck of the Irish all day long for its fourth-annual WOB Block Party with live music, charity raffles, free food for WOB loyalty club members, and more than 15 specialty beer releases. The Coconut Creek WOB Fourth Annual Block Party will take place March 14 from noon to 2 a.m. World of Beer is located at 4437 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek. Call 954-984-0300, or visit worldofbeer.com/Locations/CoconutCreek.
St. Patrick's Day at Stout Sports Bar & Grill
One of Fort Lauderdale's most authentic Irish Pubs, Stout Bar & Grill, will host their annual St. Patrick's Day Party on Tuesday, March 17. Doors open at 11 a.m. when the restaurant will begin serving a full Irish menu featuring Bangers & Mash, Shepherd's Pie, Fish & Chips, Calf's Liver & Onions, and Corned Beef & Cabbage. Their outdoor tented event will feature Irish music all day, as well as the official Jameson Ice Luge, and specials on Guinness and Carlsberg beer. Then sit back and relax. Inside features 40 HDTV screens, as well as a full liquor bar. Stout Sports Bar & Grill is located at 3419 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 754-223-5678, or visit stoutsportsbarandgrill.com.
Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade
If all you're craving is a full day of Irish-packed activities, the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival is for you. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. on March 14, with a blessing at Huizenga Park followed by the Leprechaun Leap family run. Then grand marshal Douglas Eagon will lead the annual parade west down Las Olas Boulevard, after which festivities resume at Huizenga Park until 7 p.m. That includes stilt walkers, Irish dancers, and live music. Concessions and beer will be available onsite. The Shamrock Run will take place as well, a 5k filled with participants looking like jogging leprechauns, no doubt. Music includes a drum line competition, the Karl Drake School Irish dancers, and bagpipers. This event begins at 7:30 p.m. and is free to the public. The Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place at Huizenga Plaza at 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-828-5985, or visit ftlaudirishfest.com..
Hollywood St. Patrick's Day Parade
This year, it's perfectly acceptable to kick off St. Patrick's Day the traditional way at Hollywood Boulevard's yearly St. Paddy's parade. Expect picture beads, dressed-up dogs, fun floats, crafts for kids, Irish grub, and, of course, green everything. There'll be an outdoor stage by Whiskey Tango, complete with plenty of musical entertainment to get you inspired to do your goofiest Irish jig. Kicking off the sounds for the day is custom Irish entertainment with Joe Dougherty and performances by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps. Philadelphia Irish rock band Blackthorn headlines the event this year followed by local Irish folk dancers dancing a traditional jig. The parade starts at 1 p.m., but the event begins at noon, so arrive early to find the best spot on the block for parade viewing. It promises to be a fun day for those prepared to have a good time. The Hollywood St. Patrick's Day parade will take place in downtown Hollywood between 19th and 21st avenues. Call 954-921-3404, or visit stpatricksparade.com.
America's Backyard St. Paddy's Day Party
You'll want to call in to work Wednesday morning ahead of time if you attend this party. America's Backyard will host its St. Paddy's Day party on the actual day itself, Tuesday. With $5 green beers and Jameson, there will be plenty of libations to keep those Irish eyes smiling. And even if you're not really a Celt, remember the adage, "Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day," then down an Irish Car Bomb and pump your fists to "Sunday Bloody Sunday." The event begins at 6 p.m. and is free to the public. America's Backyard is located at 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Call 954-449-1025, or visit myamericasbackyard.com.
The Field Irish Pub St. Paddy's Day Celebration
The Field Irish Pub in Davie is keeping it real this St. Patrick's Day with traditional Irish food and music by Celtic Bridge -- but hey, doesn't it always? This party runs from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and will include bagpipers, Karle Drake School Irish dancers, and bars inside and out pouring plenty of green beer. If your meal doesn't consist of Shepherd's Pie, at least have a Guinness for dinner. The Field Irish Pub & Eatery is located at 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach. Call 954-964-5979.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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