St. Patrick's Day: Irish Events and Parades in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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St. Patrick's Day is Sunday, March 17, 2013, ideal for a weekend of celebrating the patron saint of Ireland.

On St. Patrick's Day, St. Paul is by far the most Irish of the Twin Cities, although Minneapolis has a good number of St. Patrick's Day events. Here's where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in St. Paul, Minneapolis and around the Twin Cities.

St. Patrick's Day Parades

The biggest St. Patrick's Day event is the annual St. Patrick's Day parade. The parade begins at noon on the day before St. Patrick's day, March 16, in downtown St. Paul, winding up in Rice Park.

And in the evening, there is a second St. Patrick' Day parade in downtown Minneapolis, also on Saturday, March 16, the day before St. Patrick's Day. At 6.30 p.m. the parade begins on Nicollet Mall at 11th Street, heading up the mall to 5th Street.

Guide to these, and other St. Patrick's Day Parades in Minneapolis and St. Paul

St. Patrick's Day Parties and Events in Minneapolis and St. Paul

Going to an Irish pub is traditional - what are local Irish pubs and bars doing for St. Patrick's Day? You can find live music, tent parties, pipe bands, and even free beer at bars across the Twin Cities. Here's what local pubs and bars are doing for St. Patrick's Day.

Highlights of St. Patrick's Day Events in Minneapolis and St. Paul

March 13: The Worst Irish Tenor Contest The St. Paul St. Patrick's Association wants to find out who can hurt the audience's eardrums the most with their annual contest at Mancini's in St. Paul.

March 16 and 17: IMDA's St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Day of Irish Dancing The Irish Music and Dance Association present their annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration and Day of Irish Dance, an annual event. Live music, Celtic dancing, Irish food and Irish vendors at the Landmark Center in St. Paul from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are $6, $4 for children and seniors.

March 16 and 17: O'Garas St. Patrick's Day Celebrations This St. Paul bar, and adjacent venue O'Gara's Garage, add on a tent and host Irish musicians, entertainers for an all-day party, which includes and the self-proclaimed "World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade" through the bar at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday March 16.