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{March 5, 2012}   Wearin’ O’ The Green in Downtown Greenville

It’s March, and to the Irish and the “Wish-They-Were-Irish, that means the “Greenest” of all holidays is just around the corner. DTGVL really knows how to do St. Paddy’s Day up right – after all, we are GREEN-ville! So if you’re looking to eat some corned beef and cabbage, dance a jig, drink green beer or just hang out with some guys named Patrick, here’s some fun ways to shake your shamrocks!

On Sunday, March 11th, the Irish Cara Club invites you to “Return to the Green“. To many in Greenville’s Irish community, this céilidh (that’s Gaelic for party) signals the start of a whirlwind of St. Paddy’s celebrations. With Irish step dancers, Irish music from the Greenville Pipes & Drum Corps among others, authentic Irish food, the ever-popular selection of domestic and Irish beer and more Irish accents (both real and faked) than you can shake a Shillelagh at, this much-loved festival is fun for all ages. This year’s event takes place at Fluor Field (in the West End) and festivities begin at 1PM (until 6PM). For more info, visit their website at www.returntothegreensc.com.

Don your green apparel and join other Celtic Greenvillians  on March 15th for a St. Patrick’s Irish Pride Walk along Main Street. Sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hiberians, this short sidewalk stroll from  Piazza Bergamo to City Hall (and back) honors Ireland’s culture and beloved patron saint. This mini-parade begins at 11:30AM and all are welcome to participate.

On March 17th, many smiling Irish eyes  are turned toward Court Street and The Blarney Bash. For over a decade, this street party has been THE St. Patrick’s Day event! Located in front of Connolly’s Irish Pub, this shamrock soiree entertains with Irish step dancers, live music and, of course, great quantities of Guinness! The Pub itself invites you to sit back, partake in a pint and enjoy some great live music. Best of all, this is not only a guaranteed good time, but it’s also for a good cause – donations will be collected for area food pantries. Outdoor activities are open to all ages and music starts at 4PM (until 10PM) , but the pub is open only to over 21’s and a cover charge may apply.

If your St. Pat’s plans lean more toward less “saintly” entertainment, then DTGVL has something for you too. On March 10th,  The Greenville Derby Dames invite all brave souls to their “Saints Pilgrimage: Bangers VS Smash” Pub Crawl. Starting at Sharkey’s Pub at 7PM, these roller derby damsels will “spirit” you away to City Tavern, DT’s Tavern, Blue Ridge Brewery and Wild Wing Cafe to sample the alcohol-laden side of Celtic culture. For more info, visit http://www.facebook.com/events/248630608546078.  If you can’t make it on the 10th, no worries. Sharkey’s Pub asks “Who’s Your Paddy?” with their annual Bar Bus Tour on Friday, the 16th. Festivities start at 6:30PM at Sharkey’s Pub and the bus rolls out from there. That outta have you seeing leprechauns!

Not Downtown, but nearby, are two  excellent pubs in which to raise a pint to toast the Emerald Isle. The Irish Pub, located on Pleasantburg – and owned and operated by an Irish guy named Patrick (really!) – throws the grandaddy of all Irish parties!  With live Irish music, complete with pipers and step dancers, and authentic Irish food and drink, this party celebrates all things Irish (hey, even the bartenders are Irish)! Not to be outdone, Fitzpatrick’s Irish Pub on Laurens Road throws an killer céilidh as well. Offering food and drink specials and live music, this pub is definitely worth checking out!

As you can see, Greenville offers many ways to get your Irish on! So, pull on that “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirt and your shamrock sunglasses, dye your hair green and head Downtown to Party with St. Paddy! But, however you decide to celebrate, have fun and be safe! Erin Go Braugh!

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Sarah says:

Thanks for all this great info…



Amanda says:

Connolly’s posted on FB that this year’s Blarney Bash will start at noon.



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