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St. Patrick's Day, 2014

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St. Patrick's Day falls on a Monday this year, and while the debate rages on whether to officially move the parade (and thus the party) to Saturdays, this year the parade will also be on Monday.

What a way to start the workweek.

For those with lax schedules, there are plenty of places to head after the parade ends. But, the upside of the holiday’s date this year is that St. Patty’s will last all weekend long, with events on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

You can pub crawl down West 7th for three days straight. The party won’t stop, so why should you? Oh, yeah. You’re responsible. Maybe.

Maybe not.

The Liffey, St. Paul’s premier Irish pub, is a good place to start. Guinness, Guiness, Guiness. And 2Gingers Irish Whiskey. And damn good pub food to soak it up.

Patrick McGovern’s will have its notoriously busy tent up Saturday through Monday. DJ sets and live music held, both in the tent and second floor party room, plus Irish food and cascades of flowing beer will make this the place to be. But be warned: it will get rowdy.

The cluster of bars along 7th Street, all the way down to Bennett's, will be celebrating the holiday this weekend. You can take your pick, or try and hit them all. Just kidding. Don't do that. No one needs to see you passed out on the sidewalk outside of Tom Reid's.

The party isn’t confined to 7th Street. In the midst of downtown skyscrapers, and along the parade route, there are plenty of places to celebrate as well.

Wild Tymes, with its beautiful patio on the 7th Place Mall, will be hosting live music and drink specials both Saturday and Monday until 2am. Great Water's Brewing Company, across the mall, is also famous for hosting a hell of a party each year. Head over after the parade for home brews and pub food.

Two blocks away, Amsterdam Bar and Hall will have live music all day long on Monday, and just down the street American Burger Bar will have the party going all day as well. DJ sets, live music, drink specials… everything that makes St. Patrick’s Day what it is, no matter what day it falls on.

Far away from the city center, O’Gara’s party (and 23rd annual World’s Shortest Parade) will be happening as usual. Live music, food, and plenty of Guiness can be found at this classic bar. It's a good choice if you’re looking to skip the downtown crowds.

The Dubliner Pub will be christening their brand new signage on Monday for St. Patrick's Day, as well as hosting their usual party. Special this year? Rainbow Jello Shots cooked up by the skilled bartenders. Try and be careful, though. You might end up looking for that pot of gold in the toilet if you have too many.

But St. Patrick’s Day isn’t just about the drinking. Well, to some it is. But St. Paul is an Irish city, and the holiday celebrates Emerald Isle heritage as well as whiskey and beer.

Quieter (and family-friendly) fun can also be had.

In addition to the 48th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and associated events, The Landmark Center will be hosting events both Sunday and Monday. The Irish Music and Dance Association will be performing, and there will be plenty of food and drink, and other activities to accompany the entertainment.

The Get Lucky Half Marathon takes place on Saturday, at 8:30am. While others are already bellying up to the bar, you can cheer on the runners (if you’re not running yourself), and enjoy the get-together at Union Depot after the race is over.

Things will be crazy. For the love of god, plan your transportation ahead of time. You can ride metro transit for free, or find out where to leave your car. No use getting into trouble, or driving alongside those that are, after a wild night downtown.

St. Paul knows how to celebrate its Irish roots, that much is certain. There will be plenty to see, plenty to do, plenty of Guiness to drink.

Sláinte!

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