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St. Patrick’s Day gatherings have mostly been on hold over the last two years due to the pandemic. March 17, 2020 marked the day that Gov. McMaster announced statewide business closures, and with COVID variants spreading quickly in March 2021, many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations were canceled.

Now, as COVID numbers slow down and health officials predict that we’re moving into the endemic phase of the pandemic, St. Paddy’s Day celebrations have sprung up once again.

If you’re looking for ways to get your Irish on this week, we’ve got you covered with a roundup of St. Paddy’s Day events happening around Charleston.

Charleston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place on King Street Thurs., March 17 at 10 a.m. The parade will start at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church following its 8 a.m. mass and ends at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.

Join Snafu Brewing Company for ​​St. Paddy’s Day Bingo! The event on Thurs., March 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. will feature a delicious vegan spread from Bangin’ Vegan Eats food truck and prizes for every round of bingo. Snafu plans to release a special holiday brew during the party. The event is dog-friendly.

Mount Pleasant gastropub Bull & Finch is hosting an all-day St. Paddy’s Day Bash from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. with drink specials, Irish pub fare like corned beef and cabbage and live music from Fowl Play from 5-8 p.m. on Thurs., March 17. Hunter & Cush from 92.5 Kickin’ Country and 2 Girls & a Guy from Mix 95.9 will make special appearances during the event.

Taylor Music Group will perform traditional Irish tunes at the Circular Congregational Church during the annual St. Patricks’ Day Variety Show. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m., and after the performance, attendees can enjoy a Guinness while talking to the musicians.

St. Patty’s Day wouldn’t be the same without stopping by Tommy Condon’s St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. The Irish pub on Church Street will kick off a three-day party on Thurs., March 17 at 10 a.m. immediately following the downtown parade. Enjoy authentic Irish music from bands and musicians like The Charleston Pipe Band, The Bograt’s and more. 

Triangle Char and Bar in West Ashley will bring back its first St. Patrick’s Day Parking Lot Party since the start of COVID on Thurs., March 17. A DJ will be spinning tunes starting at 4 p.m. until the Midnight City Band performs from 6-9 p.m. St. Paddy’s Day partiers can enjoy drink specials including $6 Car Bombs and $4 green beer. Entry fee is $10 at the door.

Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila will be celebrating the holiday with all things green like margaritas and guacamole. St. Patrick’s Day at Jalisco will feature yard games, music and indoor/outdoor sitting from 4-9 p.m.

Charleston Sports Pub is kicking off the celebrations early on Thurs., March 17 with its 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Blowout featuring drink specials at all Charleston Sports Pub locations.

King Street’s newest sports pub 1st Place offers drink specials like $5 Jameson shots and $5 car bombs through the day on Thurs., March 17.

O’Brion’s Pub & Grille I’on location is putting on a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Saturday Block Party on Sat., March 19. The event offers Irish drinks like Guinness and Irish Car Bombs for the adults and kid-friendly activies like a jump castle and ice cream. The block party ends at 7 p.m.

O’Brion’s Pub & Grille at I’on and other locations will also host St. Patrick’s Day parties on Thurs., March 17.

Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl on Sat., March 19 will take participants to six bars: A.C.’s Bar & Grill, Big Gun Burger Shop, Burns Alley Tavern, John King Grill & Dueling Piano Bar, the Silver Dollar and Bangkok Lounge. The crawl kicks off at 4 p.m. at The Silver Dollar and ends at 10 p.m. Then, stick around Burns Alley for the after party from 10 p.m.-12 a.m. The crawl includes a $1,000 grand prize costume contest, complimentary drinks and shots and exclusive food and drink specials.

Bay Street Biergarten will host a St. Patrick’s Day Party on Sat., March 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. with drink specials and a Guinness photo machine that can edit your face onto a Guinness. 

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