Irish or not, you've got to hand it to the Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade for giving us all cause to celebrate. In its 15th year, the parade features finely decorated floats, pipe/marching bands, Irish dancers and more (this year the Budweiser Clydesdale horse team will give a special stride through Uptown's streets). After the parade, stick around for the Charlotte Goes Green Festival offering up live Irish music, Irish dancers, Irish/Celtic vendors, activities for children, food and beverages. Free admission to both events. The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. at Tryon Street and 9th Street. It will march south to Tryon Street and 3rd Street. The festival is held on S. Tryon Street (between 3rd Street & 1st Street). For more information, visit www.charlottestpatsday.com.