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Published: March 2012
Seeing Various Shades of Green: St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in the South  

No doubt about it, the South knows how to celebrate. And everyone knows St. Patrick’s Day is a day for celebration. From Mal’s St.Paddy’s Parade in Jackson, Miss., to the green Forsyth Park's fountain in Savannah, Ga., Irish eyes are a smilin’ as you can experience various shades of green throughout the region.

Here’s a sampling of what’s happening on Saturday.

  • If you love parades, then this is the holiday for you. In addition to the aforementioned Mal’s, the 33rd St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dallas, Texas takes places around Upper Greenville Avenue, starting around 11 a.m. In true Louisiana-style, you can watch the Krewe of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ponchatoula, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Catch some green beads and other Irish-related trinkets at the 34th annual Biloxi (Miss.) St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which starts at 2 p.m. In Mobile, Ala., you can take part in the Luck of the Irish Cook-Off and Parade. The cook-off begins at 11 a.m. and is $15 per adult and free for child, age 12 and under. Around 2 p.m. is start of the parade. It’s a festival (11 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and a parade (beginning at 2 p.m.) at the
    44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Delray Beach, Fla. Word to the wise regarding the parade – grab a viewing spot early before they are gone.

  • Attend Mobile, Ala.,’s oldest and biggest St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Callaghan’s. Celebrating its 66th year, the festivities begin at 10 a.m. and feature live Irish entertainment and more.

  • Learn to dance the Irish jig, try some Irish food and see the high Falls green at Rock City’s 5th annual Shamrock City. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. Weekend-long celebration takes place noon – 5 p.m., and is included in
    the regular Rock City admission price.

  • It’s consider to be Savannah, Ga.’s largest holiday of the year and the St. Patrick’s Day celebration is already underway. However, it hits its peak tomorrow with 8 a.m. mass at Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and the 188th annual parade, the second largest in the nation, starting at 10:15 a.m., among other events.

  • In North Carolina, you can partake in the 21st annual St. Patrick’s Festival on Emerald Isle. The event features a little of everything from arts and crafts, kids’ activities, and more. Admission is free. Charlotte is turning green for the 16th year to
    celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy a day filled with Irish dancers, Irish music, a parade and much more. Festival begins at 10 a.m., and parade starts at 11 a.m.

  • 4th Street Live! in Louisville, Ky., is home to the 3rd annual St. Patty’s Day Festival. Said to be the city’s largest, it includes a free music festival. Different events are scheduled at different venues throughout the day. After 6 p.m., must be 21 or older to enter 4th Street Live!

  • Shamrock the Block, ya’ll in Richmond, Va. Kicking off at noon, this music event also includes plenty o’ food and beverages as well as kids’ activities. It’s free and takes place in the historic Shockoe Bottom.


Shamrock, flickr, creative commons by laurenfofauren

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