St. Patrick's events are planned for various communities, and they can mean a pot of gold for area businesses.
The Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce says the 45th annual St.Patrick's Day Parade and surrounding events can mean a massive economic impact for the city.
About 150,000 attended the parade in 2012. Using a calculator that looks at attendance and event budget, it is estimated the event translated to a $2.8 million impact for Delray Beach.
It is believed Delray Beach has the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in the state of Florida.
"I can't attest to that personally because I don't go to the others, but I did go online and look at Fort Lauderdale one last week and it didn't look like it had as many people as we get. But, they did get the Clydesdales," smiled Delray Beach parade Executive Director Nancy Stewart-Franczak.
Friday, March 15th 5-11p.m.
Siasma Celtic Celebration Traditional Celtic celebration with Irish dancing, live music, bagpipes, beer and corned beef
Saturday, March 16th 11a.m. - 7p.m.
45th Annual Delray Beach St. Patrick's Day Parade and festivities Parade is from 2-4p.m.
Harold A. Schaitberger, the General President of the International Association of Fire Fireter.s will be the Grand Marshal of the parade
Pre-Post event is on the front lawn on the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, with live music, full liquor bar, vendors, food.
Friday, March 15th
Slainte's 6th Anniversary Party
Cake and drink specials with live entertainment
Saturday, March 16th
Slainte's 6th Annual St. Baldrick's Day
Goal is to raise $100,000 this year. Breakfast, face painting, head shaving to benefit children who are fighting cancer.
Saturday, March 16h
Irish breafast, entertainment, Guinness beer truck
WEST PALM BEACH
Friday, March 15th
Esperante building, 4-7p.m.
People are losing their locks to raise money for children with cancer.
Saturday, March 16th and Sunday, March 17th
Drink and food specials on Clematis Street
Sunday, March 17th
Palm Beach Zoo offering free admission to those in costume. If you
wear a Leprechaun hat to the Zoo, you receive $2 off admission price.
Sunday, March 17
Wheels for Kids, Inc. St. Patrick's Day Charity Parade
Lake Avenue from South Dixie Hwy to South Federal Hwy
J,K,L,M Streets between Lake Avenue and 1st Avenue South
J & L Streets between Lucerne Avenue and Lake Avenue
LUCK OF THE IRISH
Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, and there are plenty of chances to celebrate our Celtic roots this weekend.
The inaugural ShamRock Fest is from 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday at Gazebo Park in downtown Stuart. Jig to live music by Uproot Hootenanny and enjoy green beer, Irish fare, dancers and bagpipers. The title of King and Queen on the Green will be bestowed upon the guy and girl looking the luckiest. Tickets are $5 and a portion of the night's proceeds benefit the families of fallen soldiers through the Moustache March for the Military organization. Call 772-284-3007 for more information or find them on Facebook.
If one day is not enough, there is a three day family-friendly Irish festival in Flagler Park in downtown Stuart. The event opens Friday at 4 p.m. with a DJ and a sneak peek of the vendors. Saturday will have a full line-up of traditional Irish music from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. On Sunday, the fun starts at noon. There will be Irish dancers, a great line-up of bands and the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade at 2 p.m. Irish celebrations conclude at 9 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults and children under 12 are free. There is no admission for Friday's preview night. For more information visit www.stuartirishfest.com or call 772-708-0770.
Downtown Jensen Beach also has hours of Gaelic fun planned for Saturday. The party goes from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Many of the community's canine friends, dressed in all things green and shamrocks, will be marching in the parade, which starts at 3 p.m. For information call 772-221-9330.
And if that's not enough, here are a few more St. Patrick's Day events:
St. Patrick's Day Celebration: Buffet dinner, Irish music. 6:30-9 p.m. March 16. San Mart' Inn at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church, 2555 N.E. Savanna Road, Jensen Beach. Adult. $25. Ticket: 772-334-4214; stmartindp.com.
St. Patty's Day Celebration: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 17. The Deck, 307 N.W. North River Road, Stuart. Age 21+. 772-692-1203.
Treasure Coast Community Singers: St. Patrick's Day favorites. 3 p.m. March 9, 10 and 17. North Stuart Baptist Church, 1950 N.W. U.S. 1. $10-$15. 772-224-8807; tccsingers.org.
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