As the saying goes, on St. Patrick's Day, everyone is Irish. Well, that is not true, but it is true many like to celebrate the holiday, no matter their ancestry. If you are looking for things to do, you will find them in Louisville. There are events leading up to the holiday and plenty of establishments will be offering green beer, corned beef and shamrocks on March 17.
Raise a Glass at the Irish Rover
Where: The Irish Rover Restaurant
Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day with traditional music, Irish dancing, food, beer and more. The annual tent party is popular, so reservations are recommended. There is normally a small cover charge, whether you are sitting indoors or out, but kids 12 and younger are free.
Where: Fourth Street Live!
Looking for several party options in one spot? Well, if so, there is a spot that is certain to provide you with a handful of bars, restaurants, music, and more. Head downtown and take in Fourth Street Live! Howl at the Moon, Makers Mark and Ri Ra Irish Pub have all been known to host St. Pat's events.
Where: BBC on Main St.
Each year, the Blessing of the Beer and Tapping of the Keg is held prior to the St. Patrick's Day parade. Revelers gather at the BBC on Main and Clay. Expect a tour of the brewery as well as a chance to enjoy a barrel of BBC bourbon barrel stout that has been aged for 5 years. Festivities continue with blessings and movement to O'Shea's. Next, the keg to O’Shea’s on Baxter and the party continues. Participants march behind a piper and if you are hungry, expect to enjoy specials of corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, shepherds pie and Guinness Stew.
Where: The Highlands
An annual tradition, the Louisville Hibernians put together a St. Patrick's Day parade the Saturday before the official holiday. Around 150 floats and groups typically participate, a mix of well-decorated vehicles and families marching to march. The fun begins at 3 p.m. at Baxter and Broadway, and then the parade proceeds along the Baxter/Bardstown Road corridor. It is estimated 100,000+ people come out to watch the parade each year.
Enjoy Irish Breakfast & Noon Mass Prior to Parade
Looking to make a day of the parade? Well, before the parade, from 8-11 a.m., you can enjoy breakfast with the parade organizers at Conrad-Caldwell House Museum. Expect to pay $5 for children and $10 for adults. Once everyone is fed, the group follows breakfast with noon mass at Saint Louis Bertrand Church, 1104 S 6th St.
Have Family Fun at the Louisville Free Public Library
Many Louisville libraries host a story time with a St. Patrick's Day theme. Take in a tale and make a craft! Plus, throughout the month of March, the Crescent Hill branch hosts a "Luck of the Irish Scavenger Hunt." Kids and adults try to find hidden shamrocks and leprechauns. Follow the trail until you reach the lucky pot of gold!