If you re looking to celebrate the wearing o the green for St. Patrick s Day, the Emerald City has a lot to offer. From Friday s Mass for Peace and Green Stripe Laying to the big daddy the St. Patrick s Day parade on Sunday, the city offers something for everyone.
Here s the rundown:
FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2012
ST. PATRICK'S DAY MASS FOR PEACE
10 AM, Plymouth Congregational Church, 6th and University, Seattle.
Annual gathering of Catholics and others on St. Patrick's Day in a Protestant Church for a Catholic Mass for Peace in Ireland. Main celebrant is Seattle's Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo. For information, visit www.irishclub.org/mass.htm, call 425-290-7839
MAYOR'S PROCLAMATION LUNCH, Noon, F X McRory's
Gov. Christine Gregoire, Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and other dignitaries will issue proclamations of Irish Week 2012 at this Noon luncheon at F X McRory's. Among the special guests will be the St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal, the Honorary Grand Marshal and other dignitaries. This is also the annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Seniors Luncheon for Irish Seniors and their spouses or significant others who are invited to join the dignitaries from Ireland. Advance reservations are required - for tickets and more information, call 206-361-1713 or email JaneS@irishclub.org.
GREEN STRIPE LAYING ON 4TH AVE, 7 pm
A mini-Parade to mark the route of the St. Patrick's Day Parade down the center of 4th Ave, starting from Jefferson St at 7 pm. A large crowd participates by riding the flat-bed truck and children are welcome. There is no charge to participate and all are welcome! For more information, call 206-548-9859, email IrishWeek@irishclub.org, or visit Green Stripe Laying.
ST PATRICK'S DAY - SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012
ST. PATRICK'S DAY DASH, 8:30 am
Note the new start time and new route for this nearly four-mile run that starts from T S McHugh's near the Space Needle! Over 15,000 runners participated in 2011, despite the rain! There is no race-day registration. For more information and to register, visit www.stpatsdash.com.
IRISH FLAG-RAISING, 12:20 pm
The Parade Grand Marshals and other dignitaries joined the Mayor of Seattle in raising the Irish Tricolor in front of the King-County Administration Building, followed by the playing of the Irish and US National Anthems.
ST PATRICK'S DAY PARADE, ON 4TH AVE, 12:30 pm
At 12:30 pm, the St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal and the Honorary Parade Grand Marshals lead Seattle's 39th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade up 4th Avenue. The Parade travels north from Jefferson, and after passing the reviewing stand at Westlake, goes via the Monorail to the Seattle Center for closing ceremonies in Center House at 2:00 pm. For more information, call 206-412-2960 or email IrishWeek@irishclub.org.
KELLS IRISH RESTAURANT 29TH ANNUAL ST. PATRICK S IRISH FESTIVAL. Features live Irish music, dancing, traditional foods and more. The festival tent will be up, providing extra room in Post Alley, which will be closed to through traffic. For details and schedule visit www.kellsirish.com/seattle
SEATTLE FIREFIGHTERS PIPES & DRUMS ST. PATRICK S DAY PUB CRAWL, begins at McCormick s on 1st Ave. after the parade (approx. 2:45 p.m. ) and moves on from there to 10 other pubs before ending up at Fado at about 10 p.m. Find a list of pubs here http://seattlepipesanddrums.com/
SNOHOMISH COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS PIPES & DRUMS PUB CRAWL begins at Shawn O'Donnells,122 128th Street SE Everett, 11:30-3:00; Mick Finsters, 24001 Highway 99 Edmonds 3:45-5:15; The Irishman 2923 Colby Ave, Everett, 6:00-9:00; Shawn O'Donnells, 122 128th Street SE Everett, 10 p.m.
EASTSIDE FIREFIGHTERS PIPES & DRUMS PUB CRAWL begins at A Terrible Beauty in Renton at noon, on to Paddy Coynes in Bellevue at 2 p.m., Finaughty s at Snoqualmie Ridge at 3:45, Wilde Rover in Kirkland at 5:30, Time Out, Central Tavern at 6 p.m., then back to Paddy Coynes in Bellevue at 8 p.m. and A Terrible Beauty at 10 p.m.
IRISH WEEK FESTIVAL, SEATTLE CENTER EXHIBITION HALL (Mercer St at 2nd Ave), 10 am - 6 pm
The weekend Festival kicks off at 10 am in the Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall (beside the Opera House), with booths selling Irish and Celtic products, Irish food and libations, Irish music, singing, dancing, workshops, lectures, cultural displays, an Irish art exhibit, children's contests and activities, etc. On Sunday afternoon, there's a drawing for Free Round-Trip tickets to Ireland. Register at the Irish Heritage Club Booth. For more detailed information, call 206-223-3608 or email IrishWeek@irishclub.org.
SUNDAY, MARCH 18, 2012
IRISH WEEK FESTIVAL, SEATTLE CENTER EXHIBITION HALL (on Mercer St at 2nd Ave), 12-6 pm
The weekend Festival continues in the Seattle Center's Exhibition Hall.
IRISH REELS FILM FESTIVAL
A collection of new works in Irish cinema. From Noon 6 pm on Sunday at the Seattle Center's SIFF Theatre (located on the east side of the Northwest Rooms). For film details and schedule, visit www.irishreels.org.