St. Patrick's Day parade. (Photo: JEWEL SAMAD)
DENVER - St. Patrick’s Day in Denver promises fun for everyone—from the Irish, to the distantly Irish to the
not at all Irish.
Technically, St. Patrick’s Day marks the death date of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, but ask a group of people drinking beer at a local pub and they might not be able to tell you that.
Whether your blood runs green or you just like any excuse to celebrate, here are nine ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Denver.
St. Patrick's Day Parade - Downtown Denver, March 12 (http://bit.ly/PlfPAK)
This year St. Patrick's Day celebrations are kicking off a bit early. On Saturday, over 200,000 people are expected to attend the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Parade goers will get to see horses, dancers, marching bands, floats and a lot of green.
Fado's Irish Pub - 1735 19th St., Denver, March 12 and March 17 (http://bit.ly/1Tcoe7z)
Fado's Irish Pub will offer multiple days of St. Patty's celebrations. On Saturday, there will be an outdoor festival. Outdoor bars and food trucks will line the plaza in front of Coors Field. There will be 10 hours of bans, a DJ, and Irish dancers. On Thursday, Fado's will open at 10 a.m. for breakfast and beer and will have live music all day.
Runnin' of the Green - Downtown Denver, March 13 (http://bit.ly/1AX2MEW)
Runnin' of the Green is an opportunity to counter all the beer drinking festivities with some exercise. Participants can choose from three race options, from 2.2 miles to a 7k. The race is followed by a block party on Wazee Street with live music, corned beef, dancers and beer. Proceeds benefit the Colorado Branch of Volunteers of America.
Riverdance - The Buell Theatre, March 8-13 (http://bit.ly/1TT7263)
It's the 20th Anniversary World Tour of Riverdance. It promises to be "an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song." This is a family-friendly option and great for those trying to avoid crowded bars, festivals or even beer.
Keggs and Eggs - Lodo's Bar and Grill, March 17 (http://bit.ly/1WY62N9)
The lineup for this year's Keggs and Eggs includes Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Saint Motel, and Amzy. Doors will open at 7 a.m. for the event and people have been known to line up early. This event is limited to 21 and over.
South Broadway Pub Crawl - 151 South Broadway, Denver, March 12 (http://bit.ly/1VU1pUj)
The 8th annual pub crawl will take you on a seven hour beer-drinking journey along South Broadway. This year's theme is "The Wobbling Wookie Crawl." All you have to do is purchase a T-shirt or donate $10 and gear up for a lot of beer. All proceeds benefit the Children's Heart Foundation.
Pedaling for St. Patrick's Day Bicycle Ride - Colorado Springs, March 12 (http://bit.ly/21LfYgh)
This event is for those looking to honor St. Patrick's Day with a physical feat. Participants will bike 31.7 miles (symbolizing the date, 3/17) through Colorado Springs. There will be shorter courses for people looking for a more relaxed celebration.
ViewHouse St. Patrick's Day Parties - Downtown Denver and Centennial, March 11-17 (Ballpark: http://bit.ly/1QPGGwo, Centennial: http://bit.ly/1QvUj4J)
Both ViewHouse locations will offer special St. Patty's Day celebrations. There will be food and drink specials starting Friday and running through Thursday. Think $4 shots of Jameson and shepherds pie for $10.
Melvin Dinner - Boulder, March 17 (http://bit.ly/1TWA70h)
Backcountry Pizza & Tap House is, according to their event page, "appealing to the professionals" with a dinner featuring Melvin Brewing. For $50 people will get five beers, five courses and can listen to bagpipes.
Don't forget, in addition to these events, there are countless Irish pubs in Denver where you can sport your brightest green and celebrate. Wherever your St. Patrick's day plans take you, be sure to have safe, responsible, fun.
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