Whether you’re a little bit Irish, a lot Irish, or just like your beer green and beef corned, St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day to do some celebrating. We did a little poking around for family-friendly St. Paddy’s happenings in the Piedmont Triad, and we’re describing them here for you. We hear these events are great, and they’re family friendly at least before nightfall, but we’d love to add others to our list. Comment to let us know about your favorite excuses to wear green, talk like a leprechaun, and feel the luck o’ the Irish.
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The Greater Greensboro St. Paddy’s Party on March 17
518 S. Elm Street (behind the building), Greensboro, NC; 3 p.m. – midnight
This nine-hour celebration of all things Irish will begin with an invocation by the Ancient Order of Hibernians at 3:00 p.m., followed by performances as the day goes on by the Greensboro Fire Department Pipes & Drums; the Walsh-Kelley School of Irish Dancing; Larry Kirwin, hammered dulcimer; Debbie Gitlin, fiddler; Marcus Horth, rocker; and Banna, “Kilt-Kicking Celtic” music. Sounds like food and drink will be top-notch: no cheesy green-food-colored stuff here. On the menu are Shepherd’s pie, bangers and mash, beef Irish stew, corned beef sliders, and other traditional Irish fare. And if you’re looking for a beverage of the adult variety, you can choose from Gibb’s Hundred Draft Beers, Irish Whiskey, Ace Cider, Guinness, and more. While you’re there, check out the marketplace vendors, including: Ancestors Family Name Histories, Ancient Order of Hibernians, Master Casters Celtic decoration for garden and yard, and H20 Tie Dyes.
We hear there may be some Irish goings-on at Gibb’s Hundred Brewing Company, just down the alley from The Greater Greensboro St. Paddy’s Party…you might want to check it out, too.
110 W. Mcgee St., Greensboro, NC; 7 a.m. until close
Downtown favorite M’Coul’s will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (opening at 7 a.m.) so there are opportunities to celebrate all day. Aside from fantastic Irish eats and all the alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages you could want, the folks at M’Coul’s have lined up an array of fun guests, performances, and activities. You’ll see traditional Irish dancers, pipes and drums, and leprechauns. There will be Irish trivia, giveaways, and music, plus who knows what else! These people know what they’re doing on St. Patrick’s Day – and every other day, too.
Feeling a Bit More “Irish” than You Planned? Use a Designated Driver!
St. Patrick’s Day is a great day for teaching the kids a bit about your Irish heritage or learning about it yourself if you’re not of Irish descent. It’s also an excellent time to try some foods you may never have had before. And isn’t Celtic music lovely? Okay, we know: for many, St. Patrick’s Day is a great occasion to drink heavily.
Whether you’re out with your family and accidentally tried one beer too many, or you set out with friends planning to party hard, DON’T DRIVE! Let someone else take you where you need to go. And if you don’t have another option, please call a taxi or designated driver. It’s just the smart thing to do.
A few we’ve heard recommended are:
Saturday, March 19, 2016, start and finish at Cycles de Oro at 1410 Mill Street, Greensboro, NC; sign-in opens at 8:30 a.m.
Keep the St. Patrick’s Day spirit going for a great cause. Ride in the Rothar Turas St. Patrick’s Day Cycling Classic to benefit the Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro. Routes range from 12 miles to 68.8 miles – you choose which distance you feel up to. After a beautiful road ride, you’ll return to delicious hot food and great door prizes…including a trip to Ireland!
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