Erin go bragh! It is March in Downtown Cleveland and one of the most looked-forward to events is just around the corner. Yes, that’s right; the St. Patrick’s Day Parade is here.
This year, as you’re showing off your Irish pride, showcase your Cleveland pride as well by shopping local. Retailers such as Fresh Brewed Tees and CLE Clothing Co. are selling creative St. Patrick-ified shirts for you to sport when you’re in Downtown Cleveland. Going somewhere else to celebrate? Wear your CLE love proudly!
Dressed from head to toe in green, many Clevelanders along with many visitors will come to Downtown to experience the well-known Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. This year, however, the parade falls on a Sunday, changing the start-time of the parade to 2:04pm, giving church-goers plenty of time to attend mass before partaking in St. Pat’s activities.
Here is a list of how to spend your day in Downtown Cleveland on March 17th, before, during and after the parade.
– Public transportation is your friend. Seriously. It is no secret that the green beer flows on St. Patrick’s Day – be smart and take public transportation or have a designated driver. The RTA rapid is the best way to get to Downtown on St. Patrick’s Day. Park your car at a nearby rapid stop, purchase an all-day pass that’s only $5, and head on Downtown.
– Attend mass in a beautiful church. Before St. Patrick’s Day festivities begin, start your day in Downtown by attending a beautiful mass at Old Stone Church in Public Square.
– Wear the green, respect the yellow. On St. Patrick’s Day alone, the DCA Ambassadors remove more than 4,500 pounds of trash and give more than 2,000 different types of assistance to those attending the festivities. Their assistance includes giving directions and escorts, providing lock-out and jump starts, answering parade-related questions and more. Need help finding the best corned beef sandwich in Downtown? The Ambassadors not only help with the safety and cleanliness of the streets, but they know all the ins-and-outs of the city as well.
– Speaking of corned beef… Flannery’s Pub (see below) has a wide selection of Irish fare, such as the corned beef and cabbage plate, amongst other dishes. Tilted Kilt in the Gateway District, whose garlic, ahem, GAELIC Chicken comes with an Irish Whiskey Cream Sauce, can also provide a menu filled with Irish Fare.
– An outdoor St. Patty’s event like none other. Over in the Warehouse District, Barley House will be hosting their 2nd annual St Pat’s Fest, featuring the Irish American Club Bag Pipe Band, Irish dancers, deejays and, of course, fresh and hot corned beef.
– Did someone say free shuttle runs? The Flat Iron in the Flats will open at 7am with Kegs and Eggs, Guinness and live music by Donal O’Shaughnessy. Free shuttles will run to and from the parade as well as the Cleveland Firefighters Memorial. Continue reading to find out why this year is extra-special for our fire department.
– Where’s the Guinness? Parnell’s Pub at PlayhouseSquare will be open as of March 8th. This small Irish Pub will make you feel like you’re in the heart of Ireland, sipping on the ice cold Harp and Guinness that are on tap. Parnell’s will be on Euclid Avenue, right next door to the Allen Theatre.
– An Irish staple. Flannery’s Pub on the corner of East 4th Street and Prospect is opening at 6am – talk about getting a head-start! Starting at 1:00pm, a live band will be rockin’ out and giving you the chance to “dance like none other,” as quoted on Flannery’s Facebook page. Hungry? Try their Guinness Mushrooms.
– Luck of the Irish! Test your luck at the Horseshoe Casino. While you’re there, maybe you can enter to win a new car!
– Is it 2:00 yet? Perhaps you’ve been stationed along Superior Avenue for hours to make sure you have a great view of the parade, or perhaps you’ve been getting the full Downtown CLE experience. Either way, it’s show time. The parade consists of marching bands, radio stations, local athletes, sports teams’ mascots, bagpipes, drill teams, floats and more. This year is the 150th anniversary of the Cleveland Fire Department, so be on the look-out for a special display in honor of our brave department. The parade will conclude just before 5:00, but don’t rush home just yet. Since it’s just about dinner time, finish the day off by feasting on more of Downtown’s Irish fare or visit another one of the city’s fine culinary establishments.
Other Downtown establishments that are having St. Patrick’s Day themed events with live music or other sorts of fun include:
- City Tap Cleveland
- House of Blues – Boys From the County Hell at 9am, One More Pint at 1pm, Prodigals at 2:30pm
- Pickwick and Frolic
- Wonder Bar
- Moriarty’s Pub on East 6th – The Craic Brothers at 2pm
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