St. Patrick's Day festivities 2012

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Don't know what you're doing for St. Patrick's Day yet? Check out our big ol' list of St. Patrick's Day events happening around the Q.C. Best of boozing!

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St. Patrick's Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green/St. Patrick’s Day Festival. The Q.C.'s annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and its accompanying Charlotte Goes Green/St. Patrick’s Day Festival does it big enough that folks with or without a trace of Irish blood in their system come out to celebrate. The parade offers finely adorned floats, marching bands and other special guests in green. Stick around after the parade for the festival, featuring traditional Irish dancing and music. This year, the Hickory-based Belfast Boys are scheduled to perform two shows. Comprised of native Irish lads Alyn Mearns and Adrian Rice, The Belfast Boys recently released their debut album Songs For Crying Out Loud. On the disc they’ve included a gripping and sometimes downright chilling collection of traditional folk numbers from the heart of Ireland. Free admission. 11 a.m. Parade starts at Tryon Street and 9th Street. It marchs south on Tryon Street to 3rd Street. The festival is held at S. Tryon Street, from 3rd Street to 1st Street. For more information, visit www.charlottestpatsday.com.

Green Water Revival at the U.S. Nation Whitewater Center. Don't panic over the U.S. National Whitewater Center's green river. It hasn't been flooded with toxic chemicals, just a little dye that went a long way in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. During the Green River Revival, there will also be a PowerBall race and live music by Larry Keel and Natural Bridge and Chatham County Line. Free admission ($5 for parking). March 17, 1 p.m. U. S. National Whitewater Center. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

Rich & Bennet’s 12th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl. Includes access to more than 20 different bars Uptown. $20 advance tickets. March 17, 12 p.m. Check-in at Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E. 7th St. www.rockhouseevents.com.

St. Paddy's Day Bash at Howl at the Moon. First drink is $1. Other drink specials include $3 Bud Light "green" aluminum cans, two-for-one car bombs, and $12 Lucky Bones. March 17, 5 p.m. Howl at the Moon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-936-4695. www.howlatthemoon.com.

Shamrocks & Shenanigans at Whisky River. St. Patrick’s day party. March 17, 12 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade Street. www.thewhiskyriver.com/charlotte.

4th Annual Green Party at Pavilion at EpiCentre. Featuring music from DJ Row$hay and drink specials ($3 “green” Bud Light aluminum bottles). March 17, 5 p.m. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.pavilionatepicentre.com.

Mez & Kazba’s All Green Party. Featuring music from DJ Leony and DJ Frenzy. March 17. Mez & Kazba, 210 E. Trade St. For more information, visit www.mezcharlotte.com or www.kazbacharlotte.com.

2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill. Featuring drink specials that include $3 beers, $4 Irish whiskey and $5 car bombs. Meet and greet with John Boy and Billy, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. March 17, 10 a.m. Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill, 366 N. Caswell Road. 704-375-0218. www.kennedyscharlotte.com.

Unity by Re:Public: St. Patrick’s Day Edition. Featuring music from DJ Complete & DJ DR. Lassies are $5; lads are $10. March 17, 9 p.m. Re:Public, 314 N. College St.

St. Patrick’s Day at Hartigan’s Irish Pub. Festivities include green beer, car bombs and Guinness, as well as Irish food, beer pong and corn hole. Live music performance by cover band One Night Stand from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. and a live DJ from 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $7 before 11 p.m., $18 after 11 p.m. March 17, 12 p.m.- 2 a.m. Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St. 704-347-1841. www.hartigans.com.

St. Patrick’s Day at RíRá. Drink specials include $2 Miller Lite and Bud Light bottles, $2 PBR's, $3 pints of Heineken and $5 jagerbombs. Broadcast of the Ireland vs. England rugby game at 12 p.m. Live music from Crashbox at 10 p.m. March 17, 7 a.m. RíRá Charlotte, 208 N. Tryon St. 704-333-5554. www.rira.com.

St. Patrick’s Day at Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse. St. Patrick’s Day menu includes bangers & mash, Irish potato cakes, corned beef sandwiches, Irish Guinness stew, shepherd’s pie, and Guinness chocolate pudding. March 17. Sir Edmond Halley’s Restaurant & Freehouse, 4151 Park Road. 704-525-7775. www.siredspub.com.

St. Patrick's Day at Fitzgerald's Irish Pub. Featuring drink specials and Irish grub. Doors open at 9 a.m. 704-900-8088. www.fitzgeraldscharlotte.com.

St.Patrick's Day at Connolly's. Featuring drink specials and entertainment in a dark gloomy Irish atmosphere and outdoor tent. 115 E. 5th St. 704-358-9070. www.connollysirishpub.com.

St. Patrick's Day Festivities at P.J. O'Reilly's. Featuring traditional Irish dancers at 11 a.m., a bagpiper at 12 p.m., live music from Wicked Power at 1 p.m., live music from Natty Boh at 4 p.m., and live music from Irish act Lissakeole at 8 p.m. Outdoor bar and shot girls all night. P.J. O'Reilly's, 16640 Hawfield Way Drive, Suite 103. 704-341-2247. www.pjoreillys.com.

St. Patty’s Day Party at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Featuring live music from Leisure McCorkle and Shorty from 3:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. $3 pints and traditional Irish food will also be available. Free admission. March 17, 12 p.m.-8 p.m. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 215 Southside Drive. 704-525-5644. www.oldemeckbrew.com.

Jameson Irish Whiskey Dinner at BLT Steak Charlotte. Jameson Whiskey is paired with a four-course dinner that includes smoked pork belly and ribs, lobster pot pie and, last but not least, chocolate cake with Guinness ice cream and whiskey caramel. $50. March 17. BLT Steak, 110 N. College St. For reservations, call 704-972-4380.

St. Patty’s Day at Osso. Dinner from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Live DJ at 9:30 p.m. Featuring signature "shamrock" shots and car bomb specials. Best couple in green costume wins dinner for two. March 17, 5 p.m. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. 704-971-0550. www.ossocharlotte.com.

St. Patty’s Day Fake ‘Stash Bash at The Blind Pig. Hundreds of fake mustaches in all shapes and sizes are waiting to get stuck to faces of willing participants that walk through the doors. March 17. The Blind Pig, 453 E. 36th St. 980-819-9942. www.theblindpignoda.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Pawty at The Dog Bar. Food trucks will be in the parking lot from 3 p.m.-9 p.m. and there will be live music from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. There will also be drink specials and Great Danes available for adoption. Free. March 17, 1 p.m.-12 a.m. The Dog Bar, 3307 N. Davidson St. 704-904-9483. www.dogbarcharlotte.com.

Charlotte Copperheads vs. Irish All-Stars at Bojangles Coliseum. Lacrosse game also featuring live music, Irish fare, interactive games and an autograph session with the Charlotte Copperheads. $13-$48. March 17, 6 p.m. Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.bojanglescoliseum.com.

5th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at The Pub at Gateway. Green beer, whiskey, Guinness and other alcohol begs will accompany Irish music. No cover charge. March 17, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. The Pub at Gateway, 710 W. Trade St. 704-333-9818. www.thepubgateway.com.

Irish Heritage Day at the Historic Latta Plantation. Tour Irish immigrant James Latta’s plantation and learn about Irish and Scots-Irish heritage in Mecklenburg County. There will also be Irish storytelling and Irish cooking demos over an open hearth. $5-$7; free for children five years old and under. March 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. www.lattaplantation.org.

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