St. Patrick’s Day in the Emerald CityIf there’s one thing Seattle is known for, it’s being very green. It’s a perk of being one of the rainiest cities in the U.S. And with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, there’s no better place to celebrate all things green and Irish than in the Emerald City.
Rain or shine, Seattle comes alive with parades, festivals, and races in honor of Ireland’s most well-known patron saint.
This year, St. Patrick’s Day lands on a Monday, so you can be sure the weekend before the actual holiday will be chockablock with activities and celebrations. To help you decide, the team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has put together a list of some of the most anticipated St. Patty’s Day events of 2014.
Seattle Irish Festival – On March 16 and 17, the Seattle Center Armory will have all the bases covered for St. Patrick’s Day. There will be performances by the Irish Musicians and the Champion Irish Stepdancers, with plenty of Irish and Celtic products and workshops for the whole family to enjoy. Attendance is free both days, so there’s no reason to miss out!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade – If you are in the mood for a more traditional, American way of celebrating this day of shamrocks and green, join in on Seattle’s very own St. Patrick’s Day parade on March 15. The parade route follows 4th Avenue, from Jefferson to the Reviewing Stand at Westlake Park. And since everyone is Irish this time of year, you’re invited to march in the parade, as well.
Go Green at the Zoo – Even the animals at the Zoo will be celebrating all things green on March 15. Sea otters, tigers, chimpanzees, elephants, and more will be given special green enrichment treats and toys, and visitors will get to learn about the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s eco-friendly practices.
St. Patrick’s Day Dash – For those feeling a bit more athletic, there’s a chance to sport your best green outfit and run, walk, or crawl nearly four miles across Seattle in celebration of all things Irish. The annual F5 St. Pat’s Dash benefits four different children’s charities in the Northwest. A huge Irish party awaits you across the finish line, complete with Guinness, live music, contests, and giveaways. Be there March 15.
Kells Irish Festival – Don’t forget to stop in at Kells Irish Restaurant in the Pike Place Market between March 9 and March 17 for traditional Irish fare, a pint of Guinness, and an incredible lineup of musicians and bands, such as Liam Gallagher, Carrigaline, The Blarney Bhoys, and JP Hennesy. Proceeds raised during the event will go toward the Pike Market Medical Clinic.
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. wish you happy, safe, and healthy St. Patrick’s Day!