Green Day

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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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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