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Lake George St. Patrick’s Day block party features parade, beer garden and music

The Sham "Rock" the Block float travels up Canada Street in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day parade.
The Sham "Rock" the Block float travels up Canada Street in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day parade.
G. Burdett/The Lake George Examiner

Everyone in Lake George is Irish this weekend as the Sham “Rock” the Block St. Patrick’s Day festival kicks off Saturday, March 15 at 10 a.m. The weekend-long party will center on Lower Amherst Street just north of Shepard Park where a beer garden will serve up frothy beverages as Irish step dancers and musicians perform on stage under a heated 40 by 80 foot tent.

The Lake George St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off Sunday, March 16, at noon. The parade, featuring floats and pipe bands, begins on Westbrook Road and travels north up Canada Street to Shepard Park.

The Canadian group Searson, who combine Celtic music and step dancing, will take the stage Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and again on Sunday following the parade. Bill O’Padowitz and McGroovin’ will also perform.

Celtic games, pony and wagon rides, and bounce houses are planned at the Lower Amherst Street location. Food and merchandise vendors will set up on the street, which will be closed to traffic. Event organizers encourage costumes and offer a $50 prize for the best dressed.

The Dog Cabin is hosting a dog show on Sunday at 2 p.m. Contact the Dog Cabin at 668-3251 to register your pooch.

Judd’s Tavern is sponsoring a pub-crawl, the “Shamrock Stumble,” Saturday. For $12, participants receive a t-shirt and a seat on the trolley, which will make seven refreshment stops through the Village. Crawlers should meet at Duffy’s Tavern on Lower Amherst shortly before 2 p.m. Stops include the East Cove, the American Legion Hall, Adirondack Pub and Brewery, Judd’s Tavern, J.C. Montana’s, Pablo’s Burrito Cantina and Duffy’s. A raffle will be held at each stop. Contact Judd’s Tavern at 668-2554 for more information.

Sham “Rock” the Block began in 2011 as a one-day event sponsored by Lower Amherst Street merchants. It expanded in 2012 to an entire weekend and added the first ever Lake George St. Patrick’s Day parade.

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