Every year, bars and taverns all over the world get into full-fledged party-mode to celebrate the life of Saint Patrick who passed away on March 17th of the year 461. According to Wikipedia, Saint Patrick’s Day is a public holiday in Ireland, Newfoundland (Canada), and Montserrat, a British island located in the Lesser Antilles. The holiday is also widely celebrated in Great Britain, United States, Canada, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. To celebrate the patron saint of Ireland, followers hold parades and festivals, play Gaelic folk music and dancing, wear lots of green and use the shamrock symbol in all decorations.
This year, St Patrick’s Day falls on a Tuesday. Authentic Irish Pubs and Die-Hards will celebrate from early morning with breakfast and beer until late night followed by more breakfast in the wee hours. However, you don’t have to wait until Tuesday to get your “green on”. Cagney’s Saloon is getting started on the night of Friday the 13th with local Rock Cover Band SOULICIDE. They will be offering food and drink specials including Irish Car Bombs and shots of Jameson (what else?!). The City of Fort Lauderdale will celebrate on Saturday, March 14th beginning with a 4-Mile “Shamrock Run” at 7:30am followed by live music and a parade at Noon. Read all about it at weekendbroward.com/events/st-patricks-parade-festival-fort-lauderdale-2015. On the same day, further North, the City of Delray Beach will present their St Patrick’s Day Parade, 2pm–4:30pm, followed by a short concert of Bagpipe bands performing on the Great Lawn at Old School Square for a “Military Tattoo”. More post-parade activities are planned at the Center for the Arts, located on the corner of Swinton and Atlantic Avenue including a concert by The Livesays from 3:45pm till 7pm.
The next day, the City of Hollywood will get their celebrations started with a parade at 1pm followed by live music on stage plus roving performances by the NYPD Emerald Society Pipe & Drum Corps. Read all about it at weekendbroward.com/events/st-patricks-day-parade-festival-hollywood.
Finally, you can go to work on Monday but make plans to drop into any of the following places on the REAL St. Patrick’s Day where you’ll enjoy LIVE MUSIC and maybe some corned beef & cabbage at the following places:
Live Entertainment Schedule at Local Pubs & Restaurants on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015
Mainstreet at Athena by the Sea in Lauderdale by the Sea 6:30pm
The Flyers at Brendan’s Sports Pub in Pompano Beach 7:00pm
Peace Out (trio) at Kingshead Pub in Pompano Beach 7:30pm
Bounce at Packy’s Sports Pub in Lighthouse Point 8:00pm (see ad below)
Grindstone at Tijuana Taxi Co. in Coral Springs 8:00pm
The Fusion Band at Fishtales on 33rd in Ft Lauderdale 8:00pm
Gimme-5 Unplugged at Kelly Brothers Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale 8:00pm
Down Durty Boyz at Cuddy’s Sports Shack in Coconut Creek 8:30pm
United State of Rock at Whiskey Tango in Hollywood 9:00pm
Bungled & Botched Reunion at Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood 9:30pm (See ad below)
I’m not sure about the bands because they are probably AUTHENTIC Irish but judging from past years, you’ll find two HUGE OUTDOOR celebrations going in Broward – one at The Field Irish Pub in Dania Beach and the other at Maguire’s Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale. Parking might be a challenge due to the vast numbers of people who are expected to attend each of these with Indoor AND Outdoor activities going on all day long.
You’ll find all the above and more listed at www.weekendbroward.com/live-music/ with more choices for South Palm Beach County available too!