On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is a little Irish. And we’ve got just the plan for you to show your roots.

If you just can’t wait until Wednesday, this weekend offers some options. Head to the Block Party and Parade near Madra Rua on Saturday for fun, food, and bagpipers. Plus, the Festival of Ballycahill has a bunch of art exhibitions, craft demonstrations, poetery readings, music, and film showings all around downtown starting Friday and throughout the upcoming week. Both of these Irish events are free. On Monday, the Sottile Theatre has an evening of Irish-American songs, folklore and dance featuring Mick Maloney.

On the real day, you should start out over at Bellezza Salon and Spa in West Ashley for Green for Gold. For those really committed to wearing green, $15 will get you a green hair extension. No appointment is necessary, and all the proceeds go to benefit Low Country Golden Retriever Rescue.

There’s a St. Patrick’s Day parade downtown starting at 10 a.m. It will move from Radcliffe to King, Board, and Legare Streets.

Then, have you ever had any Lucky Charms-related fantasies about capturing that little guy? Act them out at Catch the Leprechaun at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. The 5K benefits Pattison’s Academy, and winners get a real-life pot of gold. Afterward, pregame for the rest of the evening with all-you-can-drink beer while listening to local bands and finding out about green initiatives (they’ve got that color covered).

Finally, the Mellow Mushroom rounds out the night with Sham-Rocks. The unofficial Charleston Fashion Week after-party will have Electric Friends spinning (though probably not any jigs) and complimentary cocktails from Bushmill’s Irish Whisky and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Doesn’t get more authentic than that.

But don’t forget all the drink and food specials around town. We have to hold our breaths before we mention all the places: O’Manny’s, Fiddler’s Green, O’Malley’s, Montreux Bar and Grill, Centre Pointe Bar and Grill, O’Brion’s, Daniel Island Grille, the Brick, the Blind Tiger, Big John’s Tavern, King Street Grille, Fuschia Tea Emporium, Swamp Fox, Blue Rose Cafe, Cork Bistro, and the Glass Onion.

Oof. That’s a big list. Have fun, laddies and lassies.


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