Your eyes will be smiling even if you aren't Irish when you attend the annual St. Patrick's celebration and parade in Dublin, Ohio on Saturday, March 15. Here's your chance to experience a bit of the Emerald Isle without needing a passport. Located a few miles northwest of Columbus, Dublin is approximately a 2 hour, 20 minute drive from Cleveland.
Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick's Celebration Running from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., the featured attraction of the festivities is the huge, miles-long St. Patrick's Parade starting at 11 a.m. Showcasing more than 110 units, the parade will feature marching bands, floats, giant helium balloons, clowns and maybe even some leprechauns and St. Patrick himself.
Named by Orbitz as one of the "Top Ten Spots to Get the Irish Spirit," the Dublin, Ohio St. Patrick's parade is expected to attract more than 20,000 people and it is highly suggested that you arrive at least an hour before the parade starts in order to get a viewing spot.
Kicking off the all-day festivities is the Lion's Club pancake breakfast (being held at Sells Middle School) at 7 a.m.
Be sure to check out the Inflation Celebration taking place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot where you can watch as the giant helium parade balloons are being inflated.
The festivities will also include lots of Irish activities throughout the city including live Celtic musical performances.
And after the parade make sure you stop by some of the local restaurants and enjoy such Irish fare as Irish potato chowder or scones and tea.
Visitors will also be able to purchase some fine Irish imports merchandise at various Dublin stores.
Hours for the Dublin St. Patrick's celebration are 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is free.
For more information about the Dublin St. Patrick's celebration call 800-245-8387 or get online at www.irishisanattitude.com.
Most of the activities will take place in downtown Dublin near the intersection of Bridge and High Streets. It is approximately a 2 hour, 20 minute drive from Cleveland to Dublin.