Its not easy being Irish in South Florida the sun is not our friend. But theres one day a year when the palest among us can come blinking into the light, when we can wear our freckles proudly. Its the one day when everyone wants to be Irish. And, hey, if the idea of cartoon leprechauns, green plastics beads, and Kiss Me, Im Irish pins makes you want to puke your Celtic guts up in disgust, well, the green beer specials will help to dull the indignation. No matter where you live, theres bound to be some Irish fun nearby. Down Fort Lauderdale way, the annual St. Patricks Day Parade and Festival will be on Saturday: The free parade marches down Las Olas from SE Eighth Avenue to Andrews Avenue from noon to 1:30 p.m. After that, the rest of the free festival takes place in Huizenga Plaza until 9 p.m. West Palm Beach will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Irish Fest on Flagler on Saturday and Sunday at the Meyer Amphitheater located at Datura Street and Flagler Drive. Admission is $5 each day, with events going on from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. Visit ftlaudirishfest.com, or irishflorida.org. And dont worry: You dont need to be Irish to join the celebration St. Patrick wasnt either.
Sat., March 12, noon, 2011