By Lela Johnson
St. Patrick’s Day falls on Monday (March 17) this year, so many of the city’s celebrations will be happening the weekend before. Although Irish pubs will surely steal the spotlight, there’s also a parade, music festival and more.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 132nd annual parade moves to Midtown this year and will step off on Peachtree Street at noon on March 15 from 16th Street. Led by the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales, the parade will feature 2,000 dancers, musicians, floats and balloons. The family-friendly event will continue to 5th Street. Come early to find a good viewing spot. For more information, visit atlantastpats.com.
Shamrock the Station
Starting at 2 p.m., families can enjoy music, arts, crafts, face painting, hair painting, sand art, tattoos and more. At 6 p.m., the day will wrap up with a free concert from 7 to 9:30 p.m. featuring The Ruckus in Central Park. atlanticstation.com.
Shamrock Music Festival
Wear your green party clothes and head to the Masquerade Music Park on March 15 for this annual festival featuring tribute bands to Journey, The Rolling Stones, The Blues Brothers, Van Halen and U2. There will also be grub from local food trucks and plenty of green beer. Advance tickets are $19.95 at shamrockmusicfest.thrivemediapartners.com.
Lucky Leprechaun Pub Crawl
The 3rd Annual Lucky Leprechaun Pub Crawl returns to Buckhead on March 15 from 5 to 11 p.m. Purchase a ticket that will include 5 “Leprechaun” sized drinks, and St. Paddy’s food and drink specials. Tickets and more information is available at atlantabartours.com.
Fado’s St. Patrick’s Day
Always a popular place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Fado’s Irish pub in Buckhead is hosting a two-day bash for everyone 21 and up. March 15 will include a street festival of fully stocked bars, food tents, and live music, while the pub will open at 7 a.m. on March 17 with bagpipers and Irish dancers. Make sure to buy your tickets in advance for this famous weekend event at fadoirishpub.com.