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Downtown Sac Getting Jiggy with St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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Bagpipers march through the streets of Old Sacramento at the 18th Annual O'Sacramento St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo © Monica Souza.

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th and downtown Sacramento is the place to go to go green, get Irish, and join in on the St. Paddy’s Day fun. Parades, bagpipes, pub grub, live Irish music, block parties, river cruises, and a marathon are all a part of the Celtic celebrations. So go ahead! Be a part of the downtown excitement. Participate in any–or all!–of these events going on in Sacramento this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

18th Annual O’Sacramento St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 15 in Old Sacramento

See St. Paddy’s festivities come life as green-clad marchers, dancers, bands, and historic re-enactors fill the streets of Old Sacramento in Irish flare. People from all over Northern California will gather to be a part of the celebrations that make this annual event a highly anticipated Old Sacramento tradition. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will feature bagpipers, drummers, bands, military regiments, baton twirlers, Irish and Highland dancers dressed in Celtic costumes, and over 70 units with more than 1000 marchers. And it doesn’t end there. Also part of the parade is a variety of cultural organizations, police and fire regiments, cheerleaders, vintage cars, unicycles, a Family Fun Zone (new this year!), and even members of The Mustache and Beard Social Club . The event is free and will close off all the streets in Old Sacramento to traffic noon-3 pm. The parade begins at 1:00 pm from 2nd and L Streets. For more information, visit www.oldsacramento.com.

St. Patrick’s Day River Cruise – March 15 on the Sacramento River

Cruise down the Sacramento River to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on the Hornblower’s St. Patrick’s Day River Cruise, complete with face painting and balloon artistry for the kids. Enjoy scenic views of the city and the Sacramento riverside, now lush with green foliage from recent rains. Cruises depart from the Old Sacramento L Street dock 10 am, 11:30 am, 3 pm, and 4:30 pm. Note that streets in the surrounding areas will be closed to traffic for the Shamrock’n Marathon (Tower Bridge streets, 7:15 am-12:30 pm) and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Old Sacramento streets, 12-3 pm). Crowds will also fill the streets in the area. Plan accordingly. For more information, visit www.hornblower.com.

Fox & Goose St. Patrick’s Day Celebration  – March 15 & 17 at Fox & Goose

Wow, two days of St. Paddy’s fun! Fox & Goose is one of many pubs and bars downtown (and throughout the Sacramento region) celebrating the holiday, but they are the place to go for not one, but two days of rockin’ parties. For you weekenders, join Fox & Goose on Saturday night for traditional Irish music by Stepping Stone and one of this year’s feature bands, local Irish punkers, The Pikeys. For you true-to-the-holiday attendees, the Celtic festivities fire up again on Monday night with a Pikeys return in addition to an show-opener by toe-tapping traditional Irish musicians Bobby & The Kennedys. Get in the Irish mood with Irish food, Irish beer, and Irish music. For more information, visit www.foxandgoose.com.

Shamrock’n Half Marathon, and 5k – March 15 & 16 through Downtown

Come out to participate or cheer on runners in one of Sacramento’s largest half marathons and 5Ks. The popular Shamrock’n half marathon is sold out, but spots are still open for the 5k and Kid’s ½ mile Fun Run. The 5k on March 15 goes through the heart of the city, starting and ending at Raley Field. March 16’s Half Marathon is an iconic landmark course that passes over the Tower Bridge, to the Capitol, along the American River bike trail through Discovery Park, and through Old Sacramento. The Shamrock’n is also known for music bands playing throughout its course and a great after-party for the runners. For more information, visit www.shamrocknhalf.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party – March 17 on 16th and L Streets

3 parties, 1 block! Join DeVere’s Irish Pub, Firestone Pub, and MIX Downtown in 3-restaurant block party on 16th and L Streets. DeVere’s will open at 9 am with their famous Irish coffee hot and ready to serve with limited breakfast items including corned beef and cabbage. Firestone will open at 11 am for lunch, with evening fun including happy hour starting at 3 pm and an exclusive live performance by local music band Nunchuck Taylor (starting at 6 pm). MIX Downtown will open at 3 pm with music and DJ dancing with DJ Peeti V starting at 7 pm. Enjoy good pub grub and good St. Paddy’s times until the wee small hours of the morning at this annual block party. Wearing green is strongly encouraged!

About the author

Bethany Harris

Bethany joined Sacramento Press in 2013 and enjoys writing articles that uncover the happenings of the city and the people behind the stories who make them so worth telling. A native of Sacramento, she also loves photography, running, gardening, coffee, and discovering new places and new things to do--both in the city and throughout California.

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