First, a history lesson – mostly because I had to look up the meaning of St. Patrick’s Day so I figured I would enlighten you to its origin so you have something to ponder while you drink your green beer this weekend.
According to Wikipedia, St. Patrick’s Day “commemorates Saint Patrick… and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland,… and has gradually become a secular celebration of Irish culture in general.”* *Cut to green beer, leprechauns and pinching anyone not wearing green. And there are a variety of opportunities to experience all three of those things right here in Atlanta.
Atlanta’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – Saturday, March 17, 12:00 pm. The 130th annual family-friendly parade starts at the intersection of Peachtree St. and Ralph McGill in Downtown Atlanta and heads down Peachtree toward Woodward Park – ending at 5 Points on Marietta St. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will serve as the Grand Marshall and the parade will include floats, Irish dancers, bagpipes, giant balloons and the world’s largest Irish Flag – carried by Georgia State University students & faculty. After the parade, check out the entertainment, food & drink at the Atlanta St. Patrick’s Day Festival from 1:30-5:00 at 200 Peachtree. View the full event schedule here.
P’cheen International Bistro & Pub in the Shops at Highland Walk will serve authentic Irish food, lots of drinks (including Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey) and great music (15+ DJs) all weekend long from Friday, March 16 through Sunday, March 18. Get all the info here.
Limeric Junction St. Patrick’s Day 2012 – The well-known Virginia-Highland Irish Pub will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (and the bar’s 25th anniversary) with a block party in their back parking lot at 2:00 on Saturday, March 17.
Park Tavern in Piedmont Park will host Lepre*CON 2012 – According to the event’s website, attendees can expect a full day of St. Patrick’s Day nonsense which will include a live bands, DJs, MTV Spring Break-style games with prizes, Bocce Ball on the Green hosted by the Atlanta Bocce League, and lots of beer. The debauchery begins at 2:00 on Saturday, March 17.