Even if your days of drinking green beer are over, you can still celebrate the luck o’ the Irish with your little ones. Check out our calendar of kid-friendly St. Paddy’s Day events below.
March 2 – Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Held by the Ballyshaners, a local group celebrating Irish heritage, this event will be Alexandria’s 38th annual parade, beginning at King and Alfred streets and ending at Lee and Cameron streets. There will be over 2,000 participants, including Irish dancers, historical re-enactors, and pipe and drum bands. If that doesn’t sound exciting enough, 30 costumed dogs will compete in multiple categories, including Best Human/Canine Lookalike Contest, from 11-12 on Market Square. Starts at 12:30 p.m., free.
March 10 – Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade This will be the lucky 7th annual Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day parade. This year’s parade will benefit Warrior Events, a nonprofit serving wounded veterans and their families. John O’Leary will be leading the U.S. Naval Academy Pipes and Drums and many festive floats down West Street and Main Street. Starts at 1 p.m., free.
March 16 – Loudoun Station Shamrock & Roll Blackfinn Ameripub is ready to rock Loudoun Station with live music, Irish dancing and DJ sets. General admission gets you a drink and your choice of a breakfast taco or corned beef sandwich. There’s no better way to say “top o’ the mornin’ to ya” on St. Paddy’s Day than by kicking it all off with a free Pulse Inferno Burnout Class at 10 a.m. (included in admission). Event is 11-2 a.m., kid-friendly until 4 p.m., $10.
March 16 – Gaithersburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade Unloading your leprechauns for Gaithersburg’s 19th annual celebration should be a breeze, since the city will be offering free parking in garages along Washington Boulevard. The parade begins at Rio Washington Center and will be emceed by DJ Albie Dee from 94.7 The Drive and JP Flaim of The Sports Junkies. There will be live music from The Lloyd Dobler Effect directly following the parade on the lakefront plaza. Starts at 10 a.m., free.
March 17 – Wear Green Campfire at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park. Meet at Cabell’s Mill with your wee ones (ages 4 and up) to scout out green items in a meadow. This cute evening ends with a campfire to toast marshmallows with your little one. Registration required. Event is 5:30-6:30 p.m., $8.
Wondering where DC’s official parade is on this list? Unfortunately, it has been canceled this year so resources can be reallocated for next year. This means that next year’s 50th anniversary celebration should be nothing short of a pot of gold!