Saint Patrick's Day-the spirited holiday celebrated by Irish and non-Irish patrons alike-is right around the corner.
The first official St Patrick's Day parade in the French capital will leave from the Irish Cultural Centre and will follow a route through the Latin Quarter in the 5th arrondissement.
According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, we plan to spend a record $5.3 billion for Saint Patrick's day this year. The 213 Hospitality group will hold its annual block party, closing off parts of Wilshire Boulevard and Grand Avenue and bringing in outdoor bars, 450 kegs of beer and more than 30 bartenders. After the parade there will be free carousel rides at the Missoula Carousel from 2:00 p.m.to 4:00 p.m. Day-of registration also will be accepted before the Shamrock Shuffle begins. The crew at Mad Duck is serving some classics, including shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, Irish nachos, bangers and mash, colcannon soup and corned beef sandwiches. It's on a Friday, but this annual throwdown at Blake Street Tavern is a great time if you can wake up early and partake in the shenanigans.
Laws were passed then to open up the pubs for celebrations on March 17, and soon after, the country's leaders made a decision to market the holiday, highlighting Irish culture for tourism purposes. Irish Car Bomb shots are $10, but some advice: Never order an Irish Car Bomb from an Irish person. Then, ride back for the Green Strip Laying event happening at 6:30 p.m.
At 525 W. Seventh St., (213) 232-8657 or brackshoptavern.com. Advance tickets costing $8.75 are available at the Butcher Block, 819 Maine St., prior to the event. In addition to bagpipers, Irish dancers and food specials (and $3.17 pints of Guinness), there'll be live music beginning at noon, from Sean Pelan, Brian Farley (4 p.m.) and Brandt Dunn (9 p.m.).
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When it comes to the actual parade itself, 53% of people said they would watch it on TV, with 24% opting to go out for drinks.
This ensemble of classically trained Irish female musicians are in the midst of a world tour, which appropriately stops in Baltimore on St. Patrick's Day.
Corned beef is an Irish-American creation. Created by Executive Chef Michael Lynch, under the watchful eye of Richard Corrigan, the Feast of St Patrick's menu will include Bentley's rooftop smoked salmon; traditional Irish stew; bacon and cabbage with prune, sauternes and hazelnut; finished with an Irish apple tart with Jameson cream. What does that mean? If you really want to get authentic a serious rotary meat slicer is essential as the thinner the cut of corned beef the better.
At 243 S. San Pedro St., (213) 947-3329 or baldoriadtla.com. Many cities throw large parades to commemorate St. Patrick's Day, including Boston, New York, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Savannah, Houston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Denver, Detroit and Toronto.