An old Irish proverb says “may the lilt of Irish laughter lighten every load.” Spend Saint Patrick’s day in Greater Fort Lauderdale and you’ll find plenty of laughter and good times. This year, the holiday falls on a Tuesday, which means four days of celebrating. And you don’t need luck to find something awesome to do. Whether you’re looking for a place to take the family or raise a pint with friends old and new, Greater Fort Lauderdale is the pot o’gold at the end of the rainbow.
Family Fun for Everyone
Your St. Patrick’s party gets started Saturday, March 14, at 11 a.m. when the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival steps off downtown. Thousands of people pack the streets to celebrate all things green. From the presentation of colors to bands performing Irish tunes to dancers doing Irish jigs, you’ll think you’ve been transported to downtown Dublin, except it’s a lot warmer here! This event is fun for the entire family. Past parades have included horse-drawn carriages, bagpipes, and amazing floats. Forgot your green? Or maybe want to find one last piece to complete your Irish ensemble? Don’t worry. There are plenty of shops on Las Olas Boulevard and around downtown where you can level-up your Irish street cred. You can check out the parade route here.
Before the parade, get ready to shamrock your world. The Shamrock Run will definitely get your blood flowing with a 4-mile race that starts and ends at Huizenga Plaza at 7:30 a.m. You may even find some beer and green beads along the way. Got kids? Bring ‘em! The Little Lucky Leprechaun Dashes start at 8:30 a.m. The kids races will have different distances for different age groups, from 50 meters to a quarter mile. The kids races are $24.50 per child and the adult Shamrock Run is $50.
There’s nothing more Irish than streaming into a pub and having your barkeeps pour a good pint or a strong whiskey. If you’re looking to celebrate with your best mates and throw back a pint or four, there are plenty of opportunities.
The Saint Patrick’s Bar Crawl Irish Stroll is a bar crawl through downtown Fort Lauderdale taking place on both Saturday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 17. It begins at B Square Burgers and stops along the way will get you in with no cover charges and lots of drink specials.
Also happening downtown on Saturday is Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl starting at Booze Garden at 6 p.m. Wear your finest green, because there’s a $500 costume contest. Dress outlandishly green enough and the evening may pay for itself.
Up in Pompano Beach, 26 Degree Brewing Company is holding a St. Patrick’s Block Party on Saturday with drinks you won’t get anywhere else. They’re releasing their annual Celtic Red, along with some other fine beverages fit for the occasion. Their block party will also be replete with Irish music and plenty of traditional fare.
World of Beer in Coconut Creek has a massive two-day Let’s Get Shamrocked party. Starting Saturday, there will be Irish-themed shots (breakfast shots!) and a special Irish menu with, what else, corned beef.
If you want to put your old college skills to work and prove to your friends you can have some beers and keep your depth perception working flawlessly, then head over to The Brass Tap in Pembroke Pines. The craft beer bar is having a $500 Beer Pong Tournament, and entry is only $25 per team. Entry includes beer during the competition, but if you start telling your peeps “I’m not as think as you drunk I am,” you may want to tag out, There will be plenty of entertainment for spectators too.
And, if you’re looking to do something on the actual day of Saint Patrick’s Day, Whiskey Creek Hideout is having a free Beach Bash from 2 to 7 p.m. Paul Anthony and The Reggae Souljahs will perform live music, and there will be volleyball and corn hole games available while you sip on some of their green drink specials.
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