The luck o’ the Irish has fallen upon the city. Atlanta presents a number of shenanigans and solutions for parents who wish to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day with their little leprechauns and lasses. Since this year’s holiday falls on Monday, March 17, the weekend prior will be jam-packed with celtic celebrations suitable for partygoers of all ages.
Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day 5K
Main Pavilion at Piedmont Park
400 Park Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30306
Date: March 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.
Formerly known as the O’Highlands Jig & Jog that was hosted at Virginia Highlands, this family-friendly 5K run/walk has been moved to Atlanta’s picturesque Piedmont Park to accommodate more participants. In addition to walkers and runners of all ages and fitness levels, the race also welcomes kids in strollers and dogs on leashes. In addition to the 5K, participants will enjoy Irish music, Pot ‘o Gold drawings, Shamrock beads, contests and loads of fun. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best Irish costume and best Irish jig. The course that participants will travel serves as a qualifier for Atlanta’s famed Peachtree Road Race. A portion of all registration fees will benefit neighborhood charitable causes.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Midtown Atlanta, Georgia
Date: March 15, 2014 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Hosted in the heart of Atlanta’s midtown on the iconic thoroughfare known as Peachtree Street, the 132nd St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off at noon. The route begins at the intersection of Peachtree and Ivan Allen Boulevard and ends where Peachtree meets Marietta Street. It serves as a wonderful opportunity for parents to introduce their children to an Atlanta tradition that began in 1858 – making it the city’s oldest running event. Last year’s parade included 749 musicians and dancers, 2,341 participants and was viewed by an estimated 80,000 spectators. This year, the Budweiser Clydesdales will make an appearance. Those wishing to attend will want to arrive early in order to snag a great spot along the parade route.
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The Music of Ireland: Michael O’Neal Singers
Roswell United Methodist Church
814 Mimosa Blvd.
Roswell, GA 30075
Date: March 14, 2014 at 8 p.m.
This evening serves as a memorable and musical celebration of St. Patrick’s Day through traditional songs performed by the Michael O’Neal Singers. The show is enhanced further by an audience sing-along of well-known Irish favorites and talented dancers from the Mulligan School of Irish Dance performing Irish step dancing. Check the website for ticket prices.
Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Balloon Fest & Carnival
Southern Pines Ag and Expo Center
75 Southern Pines Road
Dublin, GA 31021
Date: March 14-16, 2014
Arts & Crafts Festival
314 Academy Ave.
Dublin, GA 31021
Date: March 22, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
In keeping with the fact that this Georgia city shares its name with the capital of Ireland, it’s really no wonder why its citizens pull out all the stops for St. Patrick’s Day. Located about two hours southeast of Atlanta, Dublin boasts several St. Patty-themed events that make it well worth the drive. Touting the tagline “Celebrating the Irish in us every March,” Dublin hosts a Balloon Fest & Carnival over the course of a three-day event at the Southern Pines Ag and Expo Center the weekend of March 14 through 16, followed by an Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, March 22 on Main Street. The Balloon Fest & Carnival will be comprised of hot air balloons, midway rides, games and a sinful collection of carnival foods. The Arts & Crafts Festival will feature live music, artists, family-friendly activities, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Leprechaun Road Race and more.
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St. Patrick’s Day at Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave. S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315
Guests who opt to visit the city’s beloved Zoo Atlanta on Monday, March 17 are encouraged to wear green – not only to avoid being pinched as tradition dictates, but to enjoy St. Patty’s savings. Patrons sporting a lovely shade of green on St. Patrick’s Day will receive $3 off their general admission to tour the 40-acre park that serves as home to over 1,500 animals and 220 species. This special offer cannot be combined with any other offer or discount.
Kasie Bolling is a freelance writer covering all things Atlanta. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.