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                                                                                                                                                   Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Charlotte, N.C.


Charlotteans always feel lucky living in the beautiful Queen City! This St. Paddy’s Day, Charlotteans will be putting on the green and celebrating their good luck in true Irish style at  Saint Patrick’s Day festivities held throughout the city March 16th-17th!

The seventeenth annual Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade will take place on Saturday, March 16, 2013! The parade will begin at 11:00 am at Tryon and 9th Street in uptown Charlotte. The parade will march south to 3rd Street and end at Caldwell.  This is a true parade with music, floats and all people Irish for the day! The Grand Marshall will be our very own N.C. Governor Pat McCrory.

After you enjoy the parade, continue the fun at the 2013 Charlotte Goes Green Festival! The Festival will be happening close by the parade at S. Tryon Street, between 1st and 3rd Street.  Irish music, including the traditional bagpipers; Irish dancers, food and beverages, and a Celtic Kid Zone will be a treat for the entire family! The Festival is free!

Families wanting a little more frolicking on  St. Paddy’s Day can dance a jig out to the U.S. Whitewater Center and join in the Color Me Green Race. The race is a challenging 5K trail and participants must wear a white t-shirt to avoid the green dye bombardment throughout the course (awards for the cleanest and greenest shirts). The Color Me Green Race is on Saturday. March 16th. Registration and packet pickup is at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 9:00 a.m.  After the race, celebrate with live music, Cornhole Tournament and the annual dying of the river. The green river will remain open for rafters and kayakers.

Celtic Music Night is another family-friendly way to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day with the entire gang! Presented by Historic Latta Plantation at the 5225 Sample Road, on March 16th, 10a.m.-4p.m. This fundraising event will feature live music from Irish Temperance and The Highland Pipes.  Food will be provided by the Scottish Cottage and beer from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Kids welcome.

 If a good- old Irish belly laugh sounds like fun, Charlotteans can have their funny bones tickled by the Chuckleheads Kiss Us We’re Irish Happy St. Patrick’s Eve Comedy Musical Variety Extravaganza at the Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 North Community House Rd. The show is improvisational comedy, with heavy audience participation. Located on corner of Ballantyne Commons Parkway and North Community House Road, approximately one mile from the Morrison YMCA in South Charlotte.

Adults wanting to imbibe in traditional Irish beverages can join in the St. Paddy’s Luck of the Irish Pubcrawl in Charlotte. The Luck of the Irish Crawl begins at Vapiano, 201 South Tryon Street, from 12:00 p.m. Saturday, March 16th – 2:00 a.m. Sunday, March 17th. At Valaiano you will receive a wristband, cup, and map, and then you’re free to hit the streets of Charlotte in search of all of the participating bars! Passes will be required.

Dixie’s Tavern will also offer Irish revelers a chance to visit over 30 different Uptown drinking establishments at Rick & Bennett’s 13th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Check in is at Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E 7th Street.

Enjoy all St. Patrick events in Charlotte and paint the town Green with family and friends! Erin go brah!



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