Whether you’re looking for a rowdy party or seeking to more calmly celebrate the culture of Ireland, you’ll be sure to find something to do in Seattle for St. Patrick’s Day. Here are a list of five events to check out, ranging from traditional Irish pubs and pub crawls to family-oriented events and charity support. Enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day in the Emerald City.
St. Patrick’s Day Dash
Seattle Center under the Space Needle
Seattle, WA 98109
Price: $30 – $35
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This charity fun-run is in support of four local charities; Camp Fire USA Puget Sound Council, Seattle Children’s Autism Center, Rise n’ Shine, and the Healing Center. This run is about 4 miles and attracts thousands of participants every year. With contests for “Best Wearin’ of the Green” and “Most Outrageous Costume” this event is more about having a good time and supporting charity than winning a race. There is even a shorter Leprechaun Lap for little kids to get in on the action. Registration closes March 14, 2012 so hurry and lace up your green running shoes.
Hours: Daily – 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Featuring a St. Patrick’s Day celebration that begins more than week before the actual day. Kells is sure to be a destination -at least once-over the course of your St. Patty’s Day celebrations. Featuring a hearty menu of Irish cuisine, live, traditional Irish music, and a large collection of whiskey, Kells is the quintessential Irish pub in Seattle.
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade
4th & Jefferson
Seattle, WA 98104
Date: March 17, 2012
Time: 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted by the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle, this parade begins at 4th and Jefferson and ends at the Seattle Center. Monorail admission will be free from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Westlake Park to the Seattle Center for everyone to enjoy the closing ceremonies of the parade and to participate in the Seattle Irish Festival. Small groups and individuals are welcome to walk in the parade without pre-registering. Before the parade starts, Irish descendants (and everyone is Irish on St. Patty’s Day) may find the county or province they believe their ancestors came from and march behind their Provincial Banner.
Seattle Irish Festival
Date: March 17 – 18. 2012<
Time: Sat – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Seattle Irish Festival, hosted by the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle, is two days of music, culture, and events for all ages. In addition to the singing, dancing, cultural displays and exhibits, there will even be a film festival, called the Irish Reels Film Festival, which showcases contemporary Irish short films.
Hours: Daily – 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
A great spot to grab a pint, watch a soccer match and revel in all that it is to be an Irish American on St. Patty’s Day is Owl N’ Thistle Irish Pub located near the historic Pioneer Square. With its location just blocks away from CenturyLink Field, you can bet that a large soccer crowd will gather to watch the Seattle Sounders play Toronto in their MLS home opener on March 17, 2012. With live music usually starting at 1 p.m. and lasting throughout the night, Owl N’ Thistle is a best bet for St. Patrick’s day fun in downtown Seattle this year.
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Jason Sipe is a freelance writer in Tacoma, Washington. He is covering Nightlife & Music. His work can be found at Examiner.com.