Parties, parades and pub crawls: Twelve things to do in Denver on St. Patrick's Day weekend
Whether you lay claim to an Irish heritage or not, St. Patrick's Day has become a holiday for everyone. In Colorado, we've got plenty of Celtic pride to go around, beginning with a gathering at the Molly Brown House tonight and continuing through Monday with block parties, pub crawls, parades and more. To help you plan your revelry, we've compiled a list of some of the best green apparel-required shindigs in town. Take note: some events are all-ages and some are adults-only, so check each event's website for more details. And if you know of more worthy St. Paddy's Day activities, post them in the comments section below.
Thursday, March 13
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Céad Míle Fáilte Night at Molly Brown House Museum ($16)
Kick off the Celtic holiday with a visit to the Molly Brown House Museum to learn about Molly's Irish heritage. The Titanic-famous Denverite's home will be filled with food, music and stories about her family traditions.
Saturday, March 15
St. Patrick's Day Parade beginning at 19th and Wynkoop streets (Free)
Join the rest of Denver for the biggest St. Patrick's Day parade this side of the Mississippi, which saw more than 300,000 revelers last year. Bring a lawn chair and park it downtown for the best view of this Irish cultural celebration, filled iwth festive live music, dancing and even a local celebrity sighting or two. This year's theme is "Sweet Home Colorado," celebrating all who call the state home -- green or not. Check the website for times and parade route.
ShamRocks at Curtis Doubletree ($45-$55)
This post-parade afternoon bash offers music, fun and more in the hotel's ballroom. Enjoy all-you-can-drink and all-you-can-eat chicken wings and fries specials as DJ Rockstar Aaron, the Dirty Femmes and Rob Drabkin entertain the giant party. Irish eyes will be smiling when the Highland Dancers are joined by live bagpipes and a drum line.
Paddy's on Pearl at Old South Pearl Street (Free)
Kids and adults are invited to celebrate the holiday beginning at 11:30 a.m. with a heaping helping of Lucky Charms and green milk on Old South Pearl Street. Irish dancers and bands will then rotate throughout the day, entertaining crowds as the big block party opens up and beer and food vendors take over the streets.
1500 block of S. Pearl St., Denver, CO
2121 Children's Museum Drive, Denver, CO
151 S. Broadway, Denver, CO
1735 19th St., Denver, CO
2344 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO
2052 Stout St., Denver, CO
13696 E. Iliff Place, Aurora, CO
1340 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO
1405 Curtis St., Denver, CO
1560 Boulder St., Denver, CO