St. Patrick's Day on March 17th is fast approaching. And if you think of the holiday, it's pretty amazing how many people turn Irish on this wonderful day! The celebrations that lead into it usually start early, the decorations go up in the home, the office and of course in the marketplace. And green -everything is green. The whole country becomes the Emerald Isle for about a week.
Usually you see the parties beginning for all the night establishments. Green beer is spilling by the gallons. But how about the family fun? What's going on in Central Florida?
Central Florida is a very family friendly place to be normally but especially so during our holidays. And one of the nice things about our area often is a lot of free things to do with your family to celebrate the holiday of the moment! So I found a list of events, with excerpts about them, written by, Axis Contributor, Christine Nyholm, to help get the word out! Here goes.
The first event I suggest is this weekend, Sunday so if you are looking for something to do check it out. And if you are new to the area, it takes place in Winter Park, a lovely place to spend an afternoon with lots of shops and eatery's for your enjoyment. And if you check out the last line about the Irish dancing, I know Sarah Costello, and I am sure this will be a top notch performance.
40th Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 4 @ 2 p.m.
Park Avenue & Central Park, Winter Park, FL 32798
The 40th Annual Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held the first weekend in March. This will be Central Florida’s only St. Patrick’s Day Parade, so dress in green and join the family-friendly celebration. The parade, with more than 75 units, will step off at the Winter Park Country Club and head south down Park Ave. to Lyman Ave. The celebration will also feature Irish step dancing and music at the main stage in Central Park. Three Irish dance schools will demonstrate Irish dancing, including Sarah Costello, Tir Na Greine, and the Watters School of Irish Dance.
Second on the list is out of the area but still reasonably close and would make a great weekend event. It's held in St. Augustine and is their annual parade, which is sure to please. I never get tired of visiting this lovely city with it's B&B's, shops and history. And this parade as you will read below is 418 years old as of the 10th. How cool is that?!
2018 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 10 @ 10 a.m.
Francis Field, St. Augustine, FL 32084
The only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Northeast Florida will be held in historic St. Augustine. Over 1,000 participants and thousands of spectators will converge on the city to celebrate St. Augustine’s Celtic heritage. St Augustine's first St. Patrick's Day Parade was in 1600, which is 418 years ago this year. The historic city held the first recorded St. Patrick's Day Parade in the world, according to information on their website.
Third on the list is in DeLand, Florida, a little closer to home. Free Celtic music, and their famous Corn Beef Cook-Off! (Small Charge To Taste) Sounds yummy. Please note it is an evening event.
March 15 @ 5 p.m.
Earl Brown Park, 750 South Alabama Ave., Deland, FL 32724
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this free concert featuring a Celtic band. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket for comfort at this event hosted by the City of DeLand Parks & Recreation.
Finally on the 17th, there is a great festival in Melbourne. Full of fun for everyone. It starts at 8:00 -Parade starts at 11:00, so get there early!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Meg O’Malley’s Shamrockin’ Festival in Melbourne
March 17 @ 11 a.m.
New Haven Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
The Fulton J Sheen Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Meg O’Malley’s Restaurant and Irish Pub will host the 28th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Melbourne. There will be a free live music indoors and outdoors at Meg O’Malley’s Shamrockin’ Festival all day. The entertainment lineup will include Bagpipers, Irish Dancers, Collie Buddz, and more.
Some of these things will cost a little money if you participate, but the parades are free for sure!
And remember, enjoy our festivities with a mind towards safety. Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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