Good ol’ St. Patrick’s Day in Columbus. Thousands look forward to this yearly tradition in mid-March, where every bar from Dublin (Ohio) to the German Village pours green beer, serves up corned beef sandwiches, and hands out flashing-green shamrocks to hell-bent “pub crawlers” determined to stop by every bar they can between Downtown and the Short North.
Believe it or not, though, Columbus actually offers a more traditional and culturally relevant experience on March 17th. On the morning of March 17th, one of the largest and oldest Irish organizations in Central Ohio, The Shamrock Club of Columbus, begins their traditional St. Patrick’s Day ritual in the heart of downtown, and they’ve been organizing it since 1936!
The morning begins with a procession to Mass, a Mass at Holy Cross Church on Rich Street and ends with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade incorporates every Irish organization in Central Ohio and sets off from the front doors of Holy Cross Church. With bagpipes, floats and Irish dancers galore, the parade travels through the heart of downtown for all to see—come rain or shine. Ending at Veteran’s Memorial, the parade then turns into the Irish Family Reunion for a daylong celebration.
The Irish Family Reunion is a gathering of Irish families and friends to commemorate Irish traditions, Saint Patrick (the patron saint of the Irish) and, of course, Irish food and music. And best of all, you don’t have to be Irish to attend! Tickets at the door cost $10 for adults and $3 for children.
Dublin, Columbus’ “Irish” neighbor to the northwest, celebrates its own St. Patrick’s Day festivities all day on March 17th. A 5K Run, parade and annual Blarney Bash, featuring traditional and modern Irish entertainment, will conclude at 9 p.m. with The Prodigals. The Prodigals combine brilliant original lyrics and melody with a genuine passion for the traditional music of Ireland and a funky energy that is all New York.
So, if green beer drinkin’ seems passé this St. Patty’s Day, check out these culturally rich events to “get a little green in ya.” For more information about the festivities in Columbus or Dublin, visit www.dublin.oh.us or www.shamrockclubofcolumbus.com.
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