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St. Patrick's Day: Saint Patrick's Day Parade

By Maija Zummo · March 9th, 2010 · CityBeat Recommends

What’s green and orange and never cancels? Cincinnati’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade!

Started in 1967 as a religious procession, this parade quickly turned into a citywide party. Since then, it's become a true parade with street closings, floats, pipers, step dancers, Irish families, marching bands and more.

The action starts early (6 a.m.) with kegs and eggs at Arnold’s Bar and Grill. As the official kick-off location, you can get pretty drunk before trying to walk in a straight line down the parade route.

(If you can’t make it out of the bar, rest easy: Arnold’s has English and Irish football on the telly.)

The parade starts promptly at 11 a.m. and proceeds from Fifth and Sentinel streets west past Fountain Square, turning south on Plum and ending at Third Street and Central Avenue. The Web site warns that if you start the parade you must finish it, so keep that in mind.

If you think you can make it the whole way, join this year’s Grand Marshal, Patrick Downing, and Honorary Grand Marshals, UC football coach Butch Jones and the whole team, for the 44th annual parade. And if you forget to wear green, don’t worry: You can always try barfing up a little bit of green beer and hope it stains.

Get event details here.



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