MIAMI (CBS4) – South Florida may not have a very large Irish population, but we’re all Irish when we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th. If you don’t have plans for this year, consider joining in some of the festivities planned around town, including street festivals and celebrations at various pubs. Get ready to paint the town green and celebrate with the Irish!
Revel On The Street
Partygoers can join in on the festivities a few days early by attending a number of parades across South Florida. Continue the celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day at a number of local restaurants and pubs.
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Festival (http://www.emeraldsocietysfl.com/Festival.html)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Fred B. Harnett Park
2800 Ponce de Leon Boulevard
The St. Patrick’s Day Irish festival put on by the Emerald Society on the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day. The annual festival, which is held at Fred B. Harnett Park in Coral Gables, runs from noon until sunset, 6 p.m. to be specific. The festival features Irish food, musical entertainment, dancing, crafts, kids’ activities and a full-service bar. It’s fun for the whole family!
Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival (www.ftlaudirishfest.com)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
Las Olas Boulevard from S.E. 8th Avenue to Huizenga Plaza
Join in on the festivities with a traditional Irish blessing at 11:30 a.m. at Huizenga Plaza (corner of Las Olas Boulevard and Andrews Avenue) followed by a team of para-commandos who will parachute into the park to officially kick off the festivities. Philanthropist Wini Amaturo of the Amaturo Family Foundation will serve as Grand Marshal. Radio personality Mindy Lang, from Majic 102.7, will serve as the Parade Emcee. The parade starts at noon along Las Olas Boulevard, from Southeast Eighth Avenue to Huizenga Plaza. Festivities continue until 9 p.m.
The parade will begin with a dramatic flyover by a United States Coast Guard helicopter. Highlights will include decorative floats, pipe and drum bands, classic automobiles, bagpipers, stilt walkers, high school marching bands, sports leagues, scouts, street performers, Irish dancers, the Miami Dolphins, the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, veteran groups, and elected officials. The festival will also include an expanded Kids Zone featuring bounce houses, a train, face painting, a petting zoo, pony rides, balloon artists, interactive games and much more!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Hollywood (www.stpatricksparade.com/)
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Young Circle and Hollywood Boulevard
For 13 years, the Hibernians of Hollywood have teamed with the City to put on a parade and festival for thousands to experience the fun-loving spirit of St. Patrick’s Day.
Pipe bands, floats and marching bands will be part of the city of Hollywood’s annual parade and festival. The parade, emceed by radio celebrity John “Footy” Kross, takes place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Young Circle and Hollywood Boulevard. The festival also features Irish music at 19th Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, vendors, traditional Irish food and drinks. Downtown restaurants will be offering festival specials.
St. Patrick’s Day Street Fair
Thursday, March 17, 2011
JohnMartin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant
253 Miracle Mile
Coral Gables, FL 33134
JohnMartin’s Restaurant & Irish Pub hosts this annual street fair along Salzedo Street and Aragon Avenue in Coral Gables. It is a free event includes a live music concert and street fair, starting at 5 p.m. with performances by Paddy Kelleghan & The Rolling C’s. At 7 p.m. The Hard Liquor Band will perform and UV, a U2 tribute show will begin at 9 p.m. The party doesn’t end until around 12 a.m. The restaurant will be open and serve a traditional Irish menu beginning at 11:30 a.m. The street party will feature food and drinks.
Grab a pint at an Irish pub
Miami has a few popular Irish pubs where you can grab a pint of Guinness, some green beers and enjoy a traditional Irish meal.
Briny Riverfront Irish Pub (www.brineyirishpubs.com)
305 S. Andrews Ave
Enjoy live Irish music and traditional Irish fare. 954-376-4742
McSorley’s Beach Pub (www.mcsorleysbeachpub.com)
837 N. Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
All day starting at 2 p.m., enjoy three live bands, seven bars and two deejays as you paint the town green. 954-565-4446
Murphy’s Law (www.themurphyslaw.com)
441 between Stirling and Griffin roads
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
Party starts at noon with Irish dancers, Avalon Irish band with Tricianne Garrihy; DJ Malone from Ireland; corned beef and cabbage lunch and dinner. 954-791-4782.
2301 W Sample Rd.
Live music, Irish pub grub. 954-974-0251.
12415 Taft St.
American bar with special St. Patty’s Day party, indoor and outdoor bars open at 11 a.m. traditional fare plus pig roast, live music starts at 6 p.m. 954-432-3350.
Playwright Irish Pub & Restaurant
1265 Washington Avenue
Celebrate St. Patty’s Day in a friendly atmosphere with hand painted murals depicting the charm of the old country. The bar’s affluent interior hints of old cultured Dublin, recreated by master Irish craftsmen. 305-534-0667
1344 Ocean Drive
Locals and tourists pack Finnegan’s in Miami Beach to celebrate the day. Enjoy an amazing view in an outdoor atmosphere with your favorite beers and bar food. 305-285-3030.
Brickell Irish Pub (www.brickellirishpub.com)
1451 South Miami Ave.
The 6,000 square foot warehouse-style venue located in the financial district area in Miami will join forces with Guinness beer and Segafredo Brickell for a street festival. Join in at the 2nd annual street party featuring six live bands, a DJs, bbq, plenty of green beer and entertainment from 2 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Clarke’s Miami Beach
840 1st Street
Serving a Bushmill’s & Bailey’s breakfast ($2 Bushmill’s & Bailey’s shots & $3 pints of Guinness) along with plenty of edible Irish breakfast items from 9 – 11 a.m., this popular locals spot on Miami Beach will be open for business as usual all day on St. Patrick’s Day. Reservations are not accepted so if you plan to dine, better get there early or be prepared to wait. Open from 9 a.m. to midnight. 305-538-9885
Waxy O’ Connor’s
1248 Washington Ave.
Irish breakfast from 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Traditional Irish food from 11 a.m. Irish music and a DJ until 5 a.m. 305-534-7824.
Irish Tavern & Grill Kendall
13076 SW 112th St.
Free outdoor party, green beer, black & tans, corned beef and cabbage, live bands and T-shirt giveaways. Open until midnight. 305-382-1516.