St. Patrick’s Day isn’t until Tuesday next March 17, but the USA is feeling a wee bit Irish already, and you certainly don’t need to travel to Ireland for Ireland’s national day to experience some St. Patrick’s day fun.
Known in parts of the USA as Saint Paddy’s day or St. Patty’s day, the celebration of Irishness sees events take place far beyond the 24 hour confines of the day itself.
While New York and Boston are famous for their St. Patrick’s day celebrations, many cities in the USA celebrate St. Patrick’s day as part of Irish Week.
Today’s Seattle Times outlines a list of festivities taking place in the Washington state city over the week:
Irish Week Proclamation Luncheon:Noon Friday, F.X. McRory’s Steak, Chop & Oyster House, 419 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle; $ 30, advance registration required, space limited (206-361-1713 or www.irishclub.org).
Green stripe laying:Truck leaves 6:30 p.m. from F.X. McRory’s, 419 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle, to start stripe laying at Fourth Avenue and Jefferson Street at 7 p.m. Friday.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade:12:30 p.m. Saturday, on Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street northward to Westlake Park (between Pike and Pine streets), Seattle.
Irish Festival:: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday, Seattle Center, free. 206-684-7200. More information: 206-242-5140 or www.irishclub.org.
Other St. Patrick’s Day events
St. Patty’s Day Dinner:Comerford Irish Dancers, Irish stew, green beer, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Southeast Seattle Senior Center, 4655 S. Holly St., Seattle; $15, reservations preferred (206-722-0317).
Friends of St. Patrick Banquet: Black-tie dinner and dance with Irish entertainment, 6 p.m. Saturday, Washington Athletic Club, 1325 Sixth Ave., Seattle; $95, reservations required, space limited (425-290-7839 or www.fosp.org).
St. Patrick’s Day, Meeker Mansion:Corned beef, cabbage and a jig, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Meeker Mansion, 312 Spring St., Puyallup; $8. 253-848-1770 or www.meekermansion.org.
St. Patrick’s Day Dash: 4-mile run with costume contest, kids’ Leprechaun Lap, post-race bash, 8:30 a.m. Sunday, no day-of-race registration. 800-343-4411 or stpatsdash.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Cruise:Family cruise tour with Irish brunch buffet, 11 a.m. Sunday, Waterways Cruises, 2501 N. Northlake Way, Seattle; $19-$49, reservations required by 5 p.m. Friday (206-223-2060 or www.waterwayscruises.com).
St. Patty’s Day walk: Music, walking laps around the track, sponsored by Seattle Parks and Recreation Sound Steps walking program, 10 a.m. Sunday, West Seattle Stadium, 4432 35th Ave. S.W., Seattle; $10 minimum suggested donation (206-684-4664).
St. Patty’s Day Run: 5K run and costume contest, post-race party, 9 a.m. Saturday, Thea Park, 535 Dock St., Tacoma; $30-$32.50, register 7-8:30 a.m. day of race. 253-862-8890