Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, or so the saying goes. Luckily, there are plenty of parades and parties to keep you in the green till the wee hours of the morning. Just be sure you show up to work the next day. Here are the best parties and parades in Broward and Palm Beach county.
Hoping to spend your St. Paddy's tucking into a plate of corned beef and cabbage with a nice pint of Guinness? Here's a list of restaurants celebrating this most Irish of holidays with drink and food specials.
Fort Lauderdale Parade and Festival
Fort Lauderdale (305 S. Andrews Ave., Ste 300) will be hosting its annual parade Saturday, March 12 at 11 a.m. The event has no cover and will feature plenty of floats and bead throwing. Visit stpatsftl.com.
Titled Kilt (219 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will be offering parade watching refuge from the sidewalk for the Fort Lauderdale parade. Guests can come in as early as 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 12 and enjoy $5 Guinness, Blondes, IPAs and $7 Irish car bombs. Live music by the Shane Duncan Band and Black Pearl Pipes and Drums will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Visit tiltedkilt.com.
Downtown Hollywood Parade and Festival
If you’re not still hungover from the Fort Lauderdale festivities, take a stop in downtown Hollywood (Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street between 19th and 21st Avenues) on Sunday, March 13. Starting at noon and ending at 6 p.m., Hollywood will feature its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade complete with floats, bands, bag pipers, UV the U2 Tribute Band and more. Nearby restaurants will offer traditional Irish food as well. Visit stpatricksparade.com.
Delray Parade and Festival
Swing by Delray Beach to see their St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 12. The parade is a nonprofit organization featuring over 60 WWII Veterans leading it. The festivities start at 11 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. Visit stpatrickparade.com.
Delray Parade Viewing Party
Not feeling standing on the sidewalk? 32 East (32 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach) will allow guests to watch the parade from their restaurant. At $52 each, participants can go to the upstairs party, enjoy traditional Irish food buffer style and a free drink as well as a toast of Irish Whiskey. This starts at 11:30 a.m. Visit
Gulfstream Park ( 901 S Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach) will have a bar crawl on St. Patrick's Day from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. After picking up a beverage passport in Champions Plaza, guests can enjoy $2 beers at locations such as Cantina Laredo, Martini Bar,
The Funky Biscuit
Fruition, a string quintet from Portland and Crazy Fingers, a Delray-based band, will be forming at the Funky Biscuit (303 SE Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton) for St. Patrick’s Day. The fun starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $10 for general admission and are $15 the day of the show. Visit ticketf.ly/1PEZYrY.
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World of Beer
World of Beer (4437 Lyons Rd, Ste. E-101, Coconut Creek) will have not a one, but three-day celebration for St. Patrick’s Day. Starting at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 17, is a St. Patrick’s Day party while Friday will feature local Irish style beers. Saturday will be a block party. Each day will feature giveaways and swag. Visit worldofbeer.com.
Maguires Hill 16
Maguires Hill 16 (535 N. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale) will be hosting a party on St. Patrick’s Day starting at 8 a.m. There will be a tent outside the establishment with Irish dancers, bagpipers, cloggers, and face painters. The party ends at 2 a.m. the next day. Visit maguireshill16.com.
Natalya Jones is a food and music writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in entertainment and fun things to do in South Florida, follow her on Twitter.