What will you do this St. Paddy’s Day? There are so many ways to celebrate—beyond tossing on a green shirt (and pinching those who forget). Here’s a quick round-up of ideas for celebrating the grand Irish feast of St. Patrick at home in Stepping Stone™ and around the metro area.
Of course, the classic way to celebrate in Denver is with the approximately 400,000 people who will head downtown to watch the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 11, kicking off at 9:30am. Watch the streets run green with hundreds of floats and entries, and cheer on Queen Colleen, bagpipers, dancers, motorcycle crews, and more.
Or, opt for the rowdy Keggs and Eggs at Blake Street Tavern, hosted by radio channel 93.3. Starting at 7am, this event includes a stellar lineup of rock performances (American Authors, Bishop Briggs, and Bryce Fox), green beer, and whiskey. A decidedly healthier alternative is Runnin’ of the Green on March 12. This family-oriented foot race/walk benefits Volunteers of America, and offers a 7K run/walk race, a 7K challenged athlete race, and a 2.2-mile untimed run/walk. Starts at 17th and Wazee in front of Union Station.
If you prefer a cozy holiday at home over dealing with crowds, you’ll want to explore Stepping Stone’s St. Patrick’s Day Pinterest page, chock full of ideas for your at-home celebration. Set the stage for your day with DIY home décor.
This board contains crafts that say “St. Patrick’s Day” with a bit of sophistication. Welcome your guests with a handsome split pea wreath —very economical too. Create a “lucky penny” letters display for your mantel. Or whip up this tasteful Celtic pattern tablecloth.
Sharing good food is essential for every holiday celebration. Just one of many foodie-friendly boards, this one offers 50 Irish recipes to choose from. Let your sense of adventure guide you, from traditional favorites like corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread to vegan Irish stew and Irish nachos. Yes, Irish nachos!
And how about some activities tailored to the kids? Multiple boards address this topic. This one suggests very doable crafts like cleverly creating shamrock-shaped stamps from bell pepper slices or growing “Shamrock Sprouts”—basically, a Chia pet made from a sponge cut into a four-leaf clover. And don’t forget to make (and bait) a leprechaun trap, always a fun endeavor. This Lego version is pretty clever, and chances are you already have the building materials. Consider gold-covered chocolate coins or Lucky Charms cereal as your bait.
Whether you opt for an urban adventure or hunkering down with the family, may your St. Patrick’s Day be truly magical.