St. Patrick’s Day was briefly mentioned in my previous post about live entertainment in Destin. Today we take a closer look at what’s happening up and down the Emerald Coast. You’ll be seeing green more than just in the emerald waters this weekend.
Saturday, March 16th
Yes, I know, St. Patrick’s Day is on Sunday this year, but who can object to getting a jump-start on fun?
Start out the celebration with downtown Fort Walton’s Lucky Leprechaun 5K/10K Run/Walk. Before you head out, grab your favorite green attire, as costumes are encouraged. Entry fees $30-35. Register that morning, or online: https://www.active.com/fort-walton-beach-fl/running/distance-running-races/lucky-leprechaun-5k-10k-run-walk-2019?int&fbclid=IwAR1JYc9njqtZC7UVqAib32qJXnjFFWW8fZnhVcUx8LX34lGVi5iBziOJNyI
Later, join the locals in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl in Fort Walton. Complete your pub crawl card by visiting each of the following establishments throughout the night: Fokker’s Pub, The Block, Salty Duck, Giovanni’s One89, and Coasters. http://fwbpubcrawl.com/
30-A Starting at 3:00, that’s where you’ll find the area’s free to enter, St. Patrick’s Day parade. The 4 mile parade route runs from The Preserve 30-A to County Road 393 Gulf Place. They expect a record number of floats vying for the coveted Best in Parade trophy. This year, Oliver Petit, owner of the recently burned down Red Bar, is the Grand Marshall.
McGuire’s: You can bet your lucky Irish stars that McGuire’s is a great place to be Saturday night as well. With music by Pete O’Dea and Whiskey Kiss, the place will be rocking! In fact, because they’re open until 1:45 a.m., technically, you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day twice!
Sunday, March 17th:
Harborwalk Village, Destin Harbor
Bring the whole family down to the harbor for the St. Paddy’s Day family party noon-2:00 p.m. Enjoy kids’ crafts and a leprechaun treasure hunt. During the festivities, there is also a performance by the Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance.
McGuire’s St. Patrick’s Day Extravaganza Of course, McGuire’s Irish Pub is the most logical place to get your fill of Irish grub. For the complete St. Patrick’s Day experience, Corn beef and cabbage, boxty’s and green beer are a must! Can we start now? Although festivities begin at 10:00 a.m., you can’t get your signature Irish Wake or green beer until after noon Sunday. If you have the luck of the Irish, you might even hear bag pipes playing the classic Irish tune “Danny Boy’”! Fun continues throughout the day with music by Pete O’Dea, Austin Jennings, A Drunker Shade O’Green, Horseshoe Kitty, and DJ Zoran.
Village of Baytowne Wharf:
Finally, the St. Patty’s Day Delight kicks off at 6:00 p.m. with the funky rhythm and blues music of The Blenders. Following this four piece band, is a performance by the Drake School of Irish Dance at 7:00 p.m.
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