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Get your green out of the closet or beware getting pinched: St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner.

St. Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland, and now he brings the party to you. The Sacramento Press compiled a list of fun, Irish-related things to do on March 17 so you won’t miss out on the fun.

16th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Location: Second and L streets in Old Sacramento
Hours: 1 – 3 p.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 558-3912

See the 16th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Old Sacramento. This year, the Girl Scouts of the USA will lead the parade with 100 girls dressed in green to celebrate the organization’s 100th anniversary.

“We have some great vintage and specialty cars, baton-twirlers, Vietnam vets, firefighters (and) police officers,” said Chris McSwain, district manager of the Old Sacramento Business Association.

“Old Sacramento is really our Main Street,” he added. “It’s an area where everybody feels at home. It’s the perfect place for a parade.”

He said the parade is family-friendly and safe, with nearby bars and restaurants providing parties and live music for those who want to party after the parade.

Lucky Run Half Marathon
Location: Davis High School / Community Park, 315 West 14th St., Davis
Hours: 8 a.m. (7K, 7M and Lucky 13) and 10 a.m. (Kids Runs)
Before March 17:
7K or 7 Mile: $33, Lucky 13 Half Marathon: $50, Kids Fun Runs (12 and under): $14
On race day:
7K or 7 Mile: $35, Lucky 13 Half Marathon: $55, Kids Fun Runs (12 and under): $16
Contact: (530) 757-2012

A Green Tie Affair
Location: Kennedy Gallery Art Center, 1114 20th St.
Hours: 6 – 9 p.m.
Admission: Free, donations appreciated
Contact: 226-7796

Green (or black) tie is optional at this St. Patrick’s Day take on a black tie affair, but bring your checkbook for the silent auction and raffle hosted by Kennedy Gallery Art Center.

The night includes live entertainment by Sacramento Philharmonic, catered food by Refer-A-Chef, wine by Barefoot Wines, beer by Hoppy Brew Company and – of course – lots of people in green.

The event is a fundraiser for the La Kish Hayworth Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Sacramento Imperial Court Scholarship fund.

“Most of the silent auction items will be art pieces and memorabilia,” said Rich Jones, scholarship fund director and event coordinator. “100 percent of the proceeds goes to scholarships.”

Admission is free, however donations to the scholarship funds are appreciated, Jones said.

For more event information click here.

Mix Downtown’s St. Patrick’s Day Party
Location: 1525 L St.
Hours: 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: Free admission until 8 p.m., $20 at the door after 8 p.m.
Contact: 442-8899

Mix Downtown General Manager Rob Macias said the club’s all-day party will begin at 6 a.m. with “kegs and eggs” for breakfast, where partiers will be able to have plates of corned beef hash and eggs, fruit and bacon. The price will be between $7 and $8 per plate, and Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey specials will be on offer.

“At 11 a.m., we will start our regular St. Patrick’s Day,” Macias said. “At that time, we’ll be doing corned beef plates with potatoes and carrots and cabbage for $6 and Reuben sandwiches for $5. That’ll go on all day with the Guinness and Jameson specials.”

The DJ will start early, spinning at 8 p.m. until closing at 2 a.m.

“If you haven’t enjoyed the Mix patio on a St. Patrick’s Day, you’re missing one of Sacramento’s best features,” Macias said. “It’s quite a crowd – quite a dynamic group of people.”

Blue Prynt Restaurant and Bar’s Shamrock’d
Location: 815 11th St.
Hours: 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 492-2969

The Shamrock’d party at Blue Prynt offers plenty of Irish food – including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and lamb stew – along with $3 green beers, $5 Irish car bombs and Bushmills Irish Whiskey specials all night.

Music will be provided by DJs upstairs and downstairs, including DJ Kritt, Stretegik, DJ Vibe, Bobby Martinez and Chet Allen.

Blue Prynt offers a full bar with appetizers and a full drink menu with drink specials. The lounge has three flatscreen TVs, couches, tables and free Wi-Fi.

Club 2 Me Green Beer Party
Location: 4738 J St.
7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 451-6834

Green beer and green Bloody Marys will be offered on St. Patrick’s Day at Club 2 Me, and Head Bartender Huey Kidwell said the establishment, originally owned by Irish railroad workers but now owned by Karen Mier, has been celebrating the holiday since 1978.

“We’re shutting down the parking lot, and we’ll have complimentary corned beef and potato salad served at about noon, and that will probably last about an hour,” he said. “There’s no cover charge, and you must be 21 – no children.”

Seventh Annual Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl
Location: Begins at Blue Cue, 1004 28th St., ends at Shenanigans, 705 J St.
Hours: 2 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: Free – must be 21+
Contact: 265-2520 or jason@5hundy.com

One night, 19 pubs and drink specials at every stop are highlights of this pub crawl organized by the Five Hundy Social Club.

There are no cover charges at the pubs and no purchase is required to participate, but commemorative shirts will be on sale.

Organizer Jason Meyer said the crawl allots a half hour at each location in order to hit all 19 bars, but crawlers are encouraged to go at their own pace.

The three-mile long crawl starts at Blue Cue and includes a food stop at Capitol Dawg for a hot dog and beer combo special.

The night ends at Shenanigans with live music from local band Arden Park Roots and a DJ downstairs for anyone who wants to hit the dance floor.

For more details, go to the Five Hundy website here.

De Vere’s Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Day Pub Party
Location: 1521 L St. Sacramento, 217 E St. Davis
Hours: Sacramento 8 a.m. – 2 a.m., Davis 9 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: Sacramento 231-9947, Davis (530) 204-5533

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“There’s no cover all week long, and we’ve got the Ireland versus England rugby game at 10 a.m. on St. Patrick’s Day,” said co-owner Henry de Vere White. “What better way to celebrate than that?”

Throughout the week, de Vere White added, customers can order a “dew and brew,” getting a pint of Guinness and a shot of Tullamore whiskey for $6. There are no drink specials on St. Patrick’s Day, however.

For more information, visit the pub’s website.

Bonn Lair Pub Party
Location: 3651 J St.
Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 455-7155

Bonn Lair’s annual pub party will include traditional Irish food such as corned beef and cabbage, said Bartender Greg Parker.

“Our whole staff works on St. Patrick’s Day, pouring a lot of Guinness and other Irish beers,” he said. “We are a traditional pub: beer and wine only, and food. We’re not doing an out-of-our-league party, but people come because it’s a traditional pub.”

He added that there is a $10 minimum on credit card purchases.

Fox and Goose Pub Party
Location: 1001 R St.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Admission: Cover starts at $2 at 4 p.m. and goes up incrementally to $10 in the evening
Contact: 443-8825

Fox and Goose Pub is hosting its first St. Patrick’s Day event with outdoor patio seating and the adjacent warehouse open, said General Manager Mark Cox.

“The Fox and Goose is a place where everybody feels welcome,” Cox said. “We’ll be having Irish lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage, and corned beef sandwiches, just to name a few of the dishes.”

Two bands – Griffin and Whiskey and Stitches – will be playing, and there will be an Irish folk song singalong at 7 p.m. Drink specials will include Irish car bombs, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Bushmills Irish Whiskey. Guinness, Harp, Bass and Smithwick’s will all be on tap.

For more information, click here.

O’Malley’s Irish Pub Party with authentic Irish dishes
Location: 1109 Second St. Sacramento
Hours: 6 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: $10 cover starts about 7 p.m.
Contact: 492-1230

O’Malley’s will open at 6 a.m. to serve Irish breakfast, where for around $7 – $10 customers can have Irish bangers with potatoes and eggs, traditional bacon and eggs, “not-so-green” eggs and ham or corned beef and cabbage, according to Kitchen Manager Ginny Raines.

Breakfast ends at noon, when the standard menu will be on offer until last call. The food is house-made, and some items, including the Guinness mustard, are family recipes from the owners.

“We’ll have Jell-O shots and Irish coffee specials during breakfast, and we have the Bushmills and Bailey’s promo girls coming by from about 7 – 9:30 p.m.,” Raines said. “We’ll also have live music. The Fire Department bagpipers are here every year.”

Streets of London St. Patrick’s Day Bash
Location: 1804 J St.
Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Admission: Free
Contact: 498-1388

Streets of London owner Ian Baxter said St. Patrick’s Day is always a really fun day, comparing it to Christmas.

“We fence off the car parks in each location and have satellite bars,” he said, mentioning the pubs in Midtown, Folsom and West Sacramento. “We’ll have 750 people at any one time.”

Irish food such as shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage, and an Irish stew of beef, carrots potatoes and onions will be on offer, as well as Jell-O shots and Irish car bombs.

“We usually make 400-500 car bombs and about 2,500 Jell-O shots for the day,” he said.

Free cab rides:
Call Yellow Cab Company of Sacramento at (916) 444-2222.
NOTE: You’ll need to be picked up at a participating restaurant, hotel, or bar within downtown Sacramento to qualify for a free ride.

Sactown Hopper Bus Rides
Beginning at 2 p.m., the new Sactown Hopper bus will be taking people between four stops in the downtown/Midtown area and the Sacramento State campus area. Click here for more details.

Sara Islas, Elizabeth Orfin, Melissa Corker and Brandon Darnell contributed to this report.

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