We are still weeks away from St. Patrick’s Day, but the festivities are already starting around Central Florida. Whether you are celebrating your heritage or just enjoy the music and food, most people will be wearing green and looking for the nearest Irish pub to enjoy the holiday.
Winter Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Orlando area will be taking over Winter Park for the 41st year this weekend. The family friendly parade starts at the Winter Park Country Club and travels south down Park Avenue to Lyman Avenue. Bagpipes will be blaring if you choose to watch the floats ride by from nearby Fiddler’s Green. The staple Irish pub has traditional brews on tap and live entertainment. The parade starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3.
If you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown Orlando, Wall Street Plaza is where most revelers wrap up their night out. Since the holiday falls on a Sunday, Orlando Pub Crawl is calling this year’s event St. “Practice Day.” The pub crawl starts Saturday, March 16, with the expectation of continuing into Sunday. St. Practice Day kicks off at 8 p.m. at Lizzy McCormack’s with scheduled stops at Celine, Irish Shannon’s and finally at Wall Street Plaza just before midnight. Tickets are $10 before March 6 and $20 on the day of the event. If you have had too much to drink, ride-sharing options will be plentiful throughout the downtown area.
Raglan Road Irish Pub & Restaurant
Raglan Road at Disney Springs is celebrating its biggest day of the year with the Mighty St. Patrick’s Festival. The all-ages event features three days of live Irish music from March 15-17. Nine bands will perform with headliner Young Dubliners as well as the Raglan Road Irish dancers. The venue will offer gourmet versions of traditional Irish cuisine with it brunch, lunch, dinner and bar menus available all three days.