St. Patrick’s Day in Annapolis is no longer a day. It has spread out to encompass two weeks! And Eye On Annapolis has the lowdown of the major events!
The 2nd Annual Annapolis St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off at 1pm on Sunday, March 9th. The parade will feature about 100 different units ranging from service organizations to bands to car and truck units. The parade will start on West Street near Westgate Circle and wind up down at City Dock. The official after party will be held at most bars in the area. When asked about the reasoning behind having the parade a week early, John O’Leary (founder) said, “We are about bringing recognition to our warriors and helping out local businesses. No one needs any help on St. Paddy’s Day so we bring it in a week early to draw some better participants and to hopefully help out our local merchants during what is a slow time of the year.” The parade is a fundraiser for Warrior Events which is a local all-volunteer organization that provides different activities and events to the wounded warriors returning from war. Check out our photos from last year!
Annapolis’ favorite Irish band–Dublin 5 has a full schedule and you will be able to catch them playing around town (and out of town) this weekend and next. Notably, they are hosting parade after-party at Armadillo’s Bar & Grill on Sunday and will be playing at Fado Irish Pub Annapolis on March 17th, before heading up to Maryland Live! for an evening performance. With 4 days to clear the fog from their heads, they head to the Shamrock Fest at RFK on the 22nd before hibernating until July and the Annapolis Irish Festival!
And lead singer, Ray Murphy will be performing all around the area this month as well. Ray plays every Wednesday at Castle Bay Irish Pub (Main Street) at 7pm, every Thursday at Brian Boru in Severna Park. Special shows this month include this Friday (7th) at Killarney House in Davidsonville at 8:30pm and on Friday the 14th, he will be performing at Brian Boru at 9pm where he will be joined by Jennifer Belle, of Dublin 5, on fiddle!
On Saturday, March 15th, the Annual Green Beer Races will be taking place at the Eastport Democratic Club from noon (or thereabouts) to 9pm. The club, will host 4-person (2 men, 2 women), Bar/Restaurant, Relay, and Children’s (Kool-Aid) races in addition to the annual Men’s and Women’s Keg Toss.
The Event will feature a series of team relay races in which contestants will carry Green Beer on trays while completing a team course as fast as possible. The competition works like the NCAA Bracket and will consist of teams facing off in a single elimination setting, with the winning team of each race moving to the next round. Entertainment will be provided by the Eastport Oyster Boys and the Teelin School of Irish Dance. Oh, and there will be green beer–in the tradition of Eastport…plenty of it! Not sure what to expect? We have you covered here, here, and here!
Nightlife & Daylife
And, as John O’Leary said, no one needs any help on St. Paddy’s Day weekend. The town will be full of plenty to do and some of the more notable events include:
Rams Head Tavern
On Monday, the real St. Patricks Day, Annapolis’ favorite tavern will feature half buck Guinness, $3 green beer, $4 Fordham beer and plenty of entertainment featuring Bumpin’ Uglies and Higher Hands! Apparently Monday is a recognized holiday in Annapolis!
Heading out to Parole, Union Jack’s will have a St. Practice Day on the 15th and the real deal on the 17th including a free Irish Breakfast, entertainment from Hot Tub Limo, Late Night DJ & Dancing, 1/2 price car bombs, $3 Bud Light, and plenty of other specials! and fun!
Well, with “greene” in the name, you know they had to be putting on a party! On Saturday, March 15th, it will be an all day celebration from 9am to 2pm. Plenty of Greene Games and entertainment from Sweet Leda, and more! Be sure to look for our great friends– Annapolis Fork and Naptown Pint who will be a big part of the shenanigans!
And if that bit of merriment did not finish you off– Annapolis Beer Week is right in the tails on St. patrick’s Day revelry this year and will begin on March 29th with the 2nd Annual 5K Beer Run.
The Annapolis Film Festival rolls into town on the 27th for 4 days and you can see our synopses of all films right here at Eye On Annapolis!