Charleston Turns Green for St. Patrick’s Day

by on March 7th, 2015
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On March 17, the Charleston, South Carolina, area will present an ample helping of Irish happiness. Family and friends can start their Saturday in downtown Charleston. Finish in North Charleston, and enjoy a full day of festivities.

The Holy City begins the celebration with an 8 am mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church on St. Phillip Street. The parade starts at 10 am at Radcliffe Street, marching down King Street and ending at City Hall on Broad Street at the famous, four corners of law. Everyone loves a parade, and this is no exception. Last year the procession included stepdancers, bagpipers, floats, antique autos and more. The Men’s and Ladies’ Ancient Orders of Hibernians, and Knights of Columbus, added to the grandeur. Did I mention there were bagpipers? At 11:30 am, City Hall raises the Irish flag accompanied by the Irish National Anthem. The parade attracts a huge crowd, and downtown parking is a nightmare. However, I utilized one of the many parking garages and reduced the stress of finding a spot. After all, Charleston is known as a walk-about city.

Afterwards, there is time to enjoy the city. Perhaps stopping at one of the Irish pubs offering drink or corned beef and cabbage specials. However, the little leprechauns are probably bored and up to their shenanigans. No problem, a short drive up Meeting St. and Spruill Ave. brings you to Park Circle and plenty of free parking. Depending where you park, a brief walk around the circle brings you to East Montague Ave. and the festivities.

Madra Rua Irish Pub is hosting the St. Paddy’s day block party with the support of the City of North Charleston. The celebration starts at the pub at 10 am with televised soccer matches. The real party kicks off at 12 pm with the parade. The parade starts at Park Circle and struts down East Montague Ave to O’Hear St. There is a High School band, the Mayor, of course bagpipers and more. The block party begins at 12 pm and ends at 7 pm. Kids love the jump castles, face painting booths and the park. Live music, Irish trivia, and mechanical bull riding, add to the entertainment. Corn beef and cabbage, fish and chips, green beer, and of course, Guinness, adds to the atmosphere. On this day a toast, Slainte, Erin Go Bragh (good health, Ireland forever).

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