Kermit, We Know How You Feel

It’s not easy being Irish in South Florida — the sun is not our friend. But there’s one day a year when the palest among us can come blinking into the light, when we can wear our freckles proudly. It’s the one day when everyone wants to be Irish. And, hey, if the idea of cartoon leprechauns, green plastics beads, and “Kiss Me, I’m 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, there’s bound to be some Irish fun nearby. Down Fort Lauderdale way, the annual St. Patrick’s 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 don’t worry: You don’t need to be Irish to join the celebration — St. Patrick wasn’t either.
Sat., March 12, noon, 2011
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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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