Don't Get Pinched: 10 Spots to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Cincinnati
Get the scoop on where to show your green along the Ohio River. Here are our suggestions for how to celebrate St. Paddy's Day in Cincy!
St. Patrick's Day is taken VERY seriously in Cincinnati. The Irish started settling in Ohio during the late 1700s from Pennsylvania and peaked in the 1840s due to the poor potato crops. Once the second largest European immigrant community in Cincinnati, the Irish have maintained a strong influence throughout the years.
Cincinnati St. Patrick's Day Parade
Turn your St. Patrick's Day into a week-long event, starting with Cincinnati's St. Patrick's Day Parade. In 2016 the St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on March 12th, the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day. The Parade starts at 12pm and focuses on celebrating one of Ireland's favorite Saints.
Originally started as a small religious procession on March 17th, 1967 the Parade was quickly joined by the Catholics in Cincinnati. That first fateful day had people walking out of businesses throughout downtown Cincinnati, the Parade had traffic at a complete standstill for over two hours. The St. Patrick's Day Parade has been held on a Sunday regardless of the weather since 1967. However, in 2001, on the 35th anniversary of the Parade and again in 2016, the 50th anniversary the St. Patrick's Day Parade was held on a Saturday.
The St. Patrick's Day Parade is a parade in the truest form, with pipers, marching bands, floats, Irish step dancers, Irish families and many more. The Parade is free but we recommend snagging your seats early, the sidewalks quickly become standing room only.
St. Patrick's Mass
For those looking to begin their celebration of St. Patrick's Day with a more religious experience take a look at the St. Xavier Church for their St. Patrick's Mass. Held before the St. Patrick's Day Parade the AOH St. Patrick's Mass begins at 10am on March 12th of 2016.
Life Learning Center St. Patrick's Gala
For those looking to have a more upscale St. Patrick's celebration consider the Life Learning Center St. Patrick's Gala located inside the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza. Registration is required and tickets will cost $250, patrons can park their vehicles or valet parking is available. The event is black tie optional and will feature two auctions, silent and live, a formal dinner, guest speakers and celebrities, dancing along with live entertainment. This Irish-themed event will begin at 7pm on March 12th and festivities will conclude at 11pm.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration at Fountain Square
Before or after the St. Patrick's Day Parade visit the Celebration at the Fountain Square. This special event is in the heart of downtown Cincinnati and will run from 10am-10pm on Saturday March 12, 2016.
The St. Patrick's Day Celebration will have live Celtic Music (8 bands), St. Patrick's Day merchandise, and beer trucks with Irish beverages to chose from, with the main feature being Guinness on tap . Irish fare will also be available for patrons to purchase.
St. Patrick's Day Party at Fountain Square
Cincinnati's Fountain Square will be at it again with the St. Patrick's Day Party on March 17th, beginning at 11am. There will be three live bands playing during the day beginning at 11:30am to accompany the green beer and Irish fare offered.
Irish Heritage Center
The Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day event all their own on March 17th beginning at 2pm. The event will feature live music, dancing, beer, and food for patrons. For members the event is free, for non-members there is a charge of $7, and there will be a family rate of $20.
The Irish Heritage Center also meets every 3rd Thursday of the Month in the Heritage Center itself to enjoy a night of music and fun. Mick McEvilley will be singing, people are welcome to join in at any time or can just sit back and enjoy. Patrons can also add their own individuality into the night, you are welcome to perform as you wish.
Celtic Lands Culture Fest
The week after St. Patrick's Day the Celtic Lands Culture Fest will be held at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal. The Celtic Lands Culture Fest is not specificaly based around Ireland but celebrates all the Celtic communities, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. This event will take place on March 21st between the hours of 10am-5pm throughout the CMC. Visitors are able to explore certain areas of the Fest for free; the Celtic Lands Marketplace (held in the Rotunda), areas surrounding the Rotunda, and the CMC Concourse. There are a few parts of the Fest that are held inside the Museum itself which do require tickets. The Celtic Lands Culture Fest will offer games, music, performances, and educational information to all visitors.
St. Patty's Day Dinner on the Belle O' Cincinnati
BB Riverboats has partnered with Tennessee based Ole Smoky Moonshine to bring their own personal twist to St. Patrick's Day. Available only on Saturday March 12, 2016 the St. Patty's Day Dinner will offer guests a holiday themed dinner menu, a sampling of Ole Smoky Moonshine's flavors and a beautiful view of the Ohio River sights.
The St. Patty's Day Dinner on the riverboat, the Belle of Cincinnati, will begin boarding at 6pm on Saturday with a departure time of 7pm. The cruise will last two and a half hours; tickets and reservations are required. An Adult ticket will cost you $55, a Child's ticket (ages 4-12) will cost $38, those younger than 4 require a ticket but there is no cost.
BB Riverboats are able to cater to certain dietary restrictions; gluten free, vegan and vegetarian as long as you select the options needed when booking your cruise. If you would like a guaranteed window table you will have to pay a small upcharge. BB Riverboats caters to all guests and promises that the St.Patty's Day Dinner will be a memorable night.
St. Patrick's Day Party at The Drinkery
The Drinkery, one of Cincinnati's fine establishments will be having a St. Patrick's Day Party featuring Mad Anthony, Zebras in Public, and The Grove. This party begins at on March 17th at 10pm and will last until 1am. Patrons must be 21 or older to enjoy the atmosphere, The Drinkery is located at 1150 Main Street.
St. Patrick's Day Dance
Lakeridge Hall will be hosting a St. Patrick's Day Dance on March 20th starting at 1pm and concluding at 5pm. This Dance will have a DJ and will focus more on the jitterbug, line dancing, and ballroom styles. There is an admission fee of $10, the fee will get you access to the door prizes, a photo and unlimited dancing. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
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