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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up next week, which means the party starts this weekend.
So grab something green and go for it. Now where did I put that pixie hat?
Racine pub crawl
The Second Annual Downtown Racine Corporation St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl is Saturday.
From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 12, attendees can “enjoy green beer, beef and corn cabbage, live music, Irish drink specials and more throughout the day at 20 participating locations.” If you visit eight or more locations, you can enter to win prizes including bar gift cards and potato chips.
Participating locations include Amos Los Tacos, Blue Rock, Brickhouse, Carriage House, Dewey’s, Evelyn’s Club Main, Foxhole Lounge (inside VFW), Harbor Lite Yacht Club, InMoxicated, Ivanhoe, Littleport Brewing, Main Hub, Marci’s on Main, Mexico Lindo, Pepi’s Pub and Grill, Pub on Wisconsin, Reefpoint Brew House, Taeja Vu’s on Main, Taste of Soul and The Void.
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Live music will be featured at Marci’s on Main and Harbor Lite Yacht Club.
Parking can be found at the Lake Avenue Ramp, 300 Lake Ave., and McMynn Ramp, 120 Seventh St., for $2 all day.
Outdoor run at the Biergarten
The Petrifying Springs Biergarten welcomes its “Leprechaun and Lederhosen .1K Beer Run” Saturday March 12.
The event – which has quickly become a St. Patrick’s Day tradition – “dies down” at 10 a.m. Saturday, to the sound of bagpipes. Due to its extremely short length (only 100 meters), the “race” attracts participants of all athletic abilities.
Or, as the race organizers call it, the race is “the least athletic and most fun race ever.” Participants are encouraged to walk, run, skip, jump or even crawl on the course.
On Saturday, the Biergarten, located at the south end of Petrifying Springs Park, 5555 Seventh St. in Somers, will open at 9 a.m., with food trucks, a bagpiper and CJ’s Double DJ, playing music from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A heated tent will be on site, with performances by Irish dancers from the Cashel Academy and live music, starting at 6 p.m., from the Big Style Brass Band.
Proceeds from this event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha. Registration is $30 or $50 for the VIP and includes a green beer, race t-shirt, .1K race sticker and race bib. VIP tickets also include an Irish breakfast provided by Franks Diner. Registration is limited to adults 21 and older. People can register online at https://app.donorview.com/Z63Zj.
A “pedal” pub crawl
from Kenosha Pedal excursions by the lake will open this season on Saturday March 12 with St. Patrick’s Day themed pedal pub crawls.
The Kenosha “pedal bar” made its debut last summer and “is thrilled to be back on the road,” owner Meryl Strichartz said.
The BYOB pedal board seats 14 riders and is led by a non-drinking company driver. The pedal bike has thick vinyl flaps that hang from the canopy designed to help keep riders dry and warm as they pedal from place to place.
“Of course if there’s a blizzard we’ll reschedule our pub crawls,” Strichartz said of Saturday’s opening. “But this is Wisconsin, and we know how to party in any weather.”
The Pedal Tours, she said, “always have drink specials for our riders, but we’ve contacted Ashling on the Lough, Swede’s, Paddy O’s and Public Craft Brewing specifically because they’re St. -Patrick”.
St. Patrick’s Pedal Pub Crawls will be longer than typical Lakeshore Pedal Tours, to accommodate the expected bar crowds. Usually tours last 90 minutes and can make at least three stops, but these tours will last 2.5 hours. Online reservations are open and can be made by visiting lakeshorepedal.com.
And the parades?
For a place called SwedishDowntown Kenosha bar at 510 56th St. loves to celebrate Irish St. Patrick’s Day every year.
Swede’s marks the holidays Saturday March 12, opening at 9am
Irish-themed food and drink will be served, starting at 11 a.m., with corned beef sliders and corned beef breakfast wraps and Bloody Mary’s.
The main event is a parade of childrencoming down at noon and traditionally offering lots of bikes and carts and St. Patrick’s Day gifts.
- Chicago pulls out all the stops for green holidays, starting with the traditional green dye of the Chicago River at its junction with Michigan Avenue, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 12, and continuing with the city’s very popular Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade kicks off at noon Saturday, beginning at Balbo Drive and heading north on Columbus Drive to Monroe Drive.
Organizers, who have not held a parade in two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, promise the event will take place regardless of weather conditions on Saturday, saying: “Snow, rain or arctic cold, the parade continues.” The forecast calls for sunny skies but freezing temperatures, so bundle up. Find more details at chicagostpatricksdayparade.org. Note: The parade will be broadcast live on ABC Chicago (Channel 7).
- The famous Chicago South Side Irish Parade is also back this year, after a two-year hiatus.
The South Side Parade takes place on Sunday, March 13 and begins at noon on 103rd Street and Western Avenue, then moves along Western Avenue to 115th Street. In all, walkers will travel a one-mile route through Chicago’s Beverly and Morgan Park neighborhoods. This parade is notorious for its drinking, so pace yourself.
- As for our neighbor to the north, Milwaukee St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 12. The Shamrock Club of Wisconsin is thrilled to bring back its flagship event, after a two-year hiatus. The downtown parade descends at North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (formerly Old World Third Street) and West Wisconsin Avenue, ending at Water Street and Highland Avenue. The parade features over 100 units including Irish dancing groups, pipe and drum bands and local celebrities.
You can start the celebration early by attending the Shamrock Club ShamROCK launch party from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, March 11.
The free event, at Milwaukee’s Miller Time Pub & Grill, 509 W. Wisconsin Ave., features live entertainment by Ian Gould at 5:30 p.m. and two sets by Pat McCurdy, beginning at 8 p.m. There will also be a raffle, with the winners announced at 7:30 p.m.
- For the parade after the holidays, head to Racine, which hosts its St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 19.
the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Racinepresented by the Downtown Racine Corporation, begins with a 5k run at 11:45 a.m.
The parade itself begins at noon at the corner of State Street and Main Street. The route heads south on Main Street, turns west on Sixth Street, and ends near City Hall. The parade features Irish and Celtic music, troubadours, leprechauns, floats and Irish dancers. For more details on the parade, visit rootdowntown.com.
Regarding the 5K race: runners have the option of taking part in the 5K course or, “for those progressing up to 5K”, the race organizers also offer a “Paddy’s 0.08ish K” with a shorter length (it’s a 2 km race that follows the parade route). Both trails begin at State and Main streets. Race day package pickup will take place inside the Littleport Brewery, 214 Third St. Register for races at stpatsday.5k.run.
Kenosha goes Irish
- the Union Park Tavern4520 Eighth Ave., gets the party started Saturday, March 12 with live music, Irish food and drink specials from 3-9 p.m. During the holidays (March 17), Union Park will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. for everyone. Irish things.
- AT At Fec5523 Sixth Ave., March’s “beer of the month” is, appropriately, Great Lakes Brewing Co.’s Conway’s Irish Ale, which Fec’s describes as “stationed at the intersection of sweet and toasty, where biscuit and the caramel malt flavors always take precedence. Goes very well with a hard day’s work.
- As you can imagine, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are very important to Ashling on the Lough, 125 56th St., an Irish pub and restaurant. The celebration begins this weekend, March 12 and 13, with performances by the McNamara McCarthy School of Irish Dance at 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday. On March 17, doors open at 8 a.m. for Irish breakfasts and then a “St. Patrick’s Day Menu,” served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Entertainment on March 17 includes the Milwaukee Irish Dance Company from 6 p.m. to midnight. Note: The terrace will be open weather permitting.
- AT Grandview by Lucci6929 39th Ave., the “Kenowhere Kilts Lite” performs March 17 starting at 6 p.m. The group consists of Kerry Spitzer, Jim Sullivan and Brent Towle.
- Other local spots that usually jump for the holidays include 58 below504 58th St.; Spanky Bar & Grill, 2325 52nd St., where employees call St. Patrick’s Day “our favorite day of the year”; and George’s Club Highview5305 60th St., which serves corned beef and cabbage with red potatoes and carrots starting at 11 a.m. every day on St. Patrick’s Day.
- Pub McAuliffe, 3700 Meachem Road, opens at 10 a.m. on March 17 for an all-day St. Patrick’s Day party. Live music returns to the party, featuring “our good friend Andrew David Weber from Whiskey of The Damned”. The celebration will also feature “all-day live concert footage from the best bands that have graced our stage over the years, including Skerryvore, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, Celtica, Danu, Teada, The Elders, Black 47, Goitse, Whiskey Of The Damned, Seven Nations. Brother, The Sandcarvers and many more.”
McAuliffe staff members also promise “lots of surprises throughout the day and great specials and giveaways.”
- Joey’s Yardarm Bar & Grill, 920 Erie St., famous since March 1 with the “Sandwich of the month: The Reuben”. The venue, which regularly hosts Irish music, welcomes Jeff Ward on March 17, from 7 p.m.
- George’s Tavern, 1201 N. Main St., hosts St. Patrick’s Day from 8-11 p.m. on March 17. Live music will be performed by 500 Miles to Memphis.
Before you leave: If you’re going out to party like an Irishman, appoint a driver and be careful! Let’s all be safe.