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Denver Weekend Rundown: St. Patrick’s Day 2014 Edition

Lads and lasses, don your finest green and orange apparel –and a shamrock or two– and get your St. Patrick’s Day celebration underway with these festive Denver area events.

Everyone’s a little bit Irish this time of year, so c’mon. Get out there!

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Saturday

St. Patrick’s Day Parade The nation’s second-largest St. Paddy’s Day parade takes place right here in Denver! Kickoff is bright and early at 9:30 a.m– a half hour earlier than last year. Plus, the route has reversed direction. Check out the map HERE for details. “Sweet Home Colorado” is the theme of this year’s parade, which will feature more than 10,000 marchers and 200 entries, including pipe bands, step dancers, floats, equestrians, charities, marching bands, and businesses and city dignitaries. 

Olde Town Arvada St. Patrick’s Day Festival This year’s event will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Grandview Avenue between Olde Wadsworth Boulevard and Webster Street.  Attendees can enjoy live bands, arts and crafts booths, an Irish Spirit contest, as well as food, beer and wine. Admission is free.

St. Paddy’s PubCrawl Denver Crawl along the Mile High City’s historic South Broadway Street beginning at 11 a.m. (Participants are encouraged to rest up the night before.) Drink specials include $2 domestic drafts and 2-for-1 mixed well cocktails.

Sunday

Runnin’ of the Green This race has been one of the premiere Irish events in Colorado for a quarter century and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Volunteers of America! It starts at 10:15 a.m. at 17th and Wazee in LoDo in front of Union Station. Registration starts at 7 a.m.

Monday

St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dance Performance Visit the Children’s Museum of Denver for an hour-long interactive performance by the Bennett School of Irish Dance that will get you tapping along to traditional Gaelic songs.

Former Future Brewing Company St. Patrick’s Day Beer Dinner Mike’s 2 Kitchen will prepare a 4-course Irish dinner featuring dishes prepared and served with FFBC brews. Lamb stew with mint gremolata,  white cheddar and chive potato croquette, and Irish soda bread pudding are just a few of the mouth-watering dishes on the menu. The beers are TBA. Buy your ticket HERE.

How are you celebrating St. Patrick’s Day? Tweet us your plans!

Image courtesy of Runnin’ of the Green.

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