Mar 15, 2024 - Things to Do

St. Patrick's Day in Cleveland: Parade, bars and crawls

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It's time to put on your green gear and shout "Erin go bragh!"

Why it matters: This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, turning one of the biggest party days of the year into a weekend of Guinness pints, shamrocks, and corned beef and cabbage.

By the numbers: Nearly 12% of people in Cuyahoga County report having Irish ancestry, higher than the U.S. average of 9.5%.

Here's a breakdown of local festivities:

🇮🇪 The Parade

The theme for this year's procession is "Ireland: One Island, One Nation."

  • We're not exactly sure what that entails, but things kick off at 2:04pm Sunday at Superior Avenue and East 18th Street.

🍻 The bars

🥪 The Harp Irish Pub and Restaurant in Ohio City starts serving its popular corned beef sandwiches at 8am Sunday with music by The Boys from County Hell in the evening.

🍳 The Flat Iron Café, Cleveland's oldest Irish bar, opens at 6am Sunday for "Kegs and Eggs," followed by live music from Donal O'Shaughnessy at 11am.

🤘 P.J. McIntyre's Irish Pub on Lorain Avenue hosts "St. Practice Day" with Irish folk band Half Craic'd on Saturday night, then opens at 7am Sunday with Irish dancers, bagpipers and music by rock band Marys Lane.

🇮🇪 Great Lakes Brewing opens at 9am Sunday with a special Irish-themed food and drink menu and music by The Kilroys.

🎵 Gormley's Pub in Rocky River throws its seventh-anniversary party at 8pm Saturday and opens at 7am Sunday for corned beef sandwiches, bagpipes and a DJ.

🍺 Parnell's Pub at Playhouse Square opens at 10am Sunday. If that's not early enough, the Cleveland Heights location begins its festivities at 7am.

🎸 Sully's Irish Pub in Medina opens at 9am Sunday with a special menu and live music from Loch Erie.

🍀 Stone Mad Pub opens at 11am Sunday with indoor and outdoor beer stations, an Irish-themed menu and music from Auld Pitch.

🚌 The crawls

Paddy Hard Bar Crawl runs from 4-10pm Saturday and Sunday at The Corner Alley, Captiv8 and Wild Eagle Saloon.

  • Individual tickets start at $10. Tickets for groups of four or more are $7.77 per person.

Bar Crawl Live hosts a block party from 2-9pm Saturday on West Sixth Street at Dive Bar, The Ivy, The Velvet Dog and other venues.

  • Tickets start at $15.

The Flats East Bank Bar Crawl kicks off at 1pm Saturday at Inferno before heading to Goodnight John Boy, The Farm and Rum Runners.

  • Tickets start at $15.

The Shamrock Shuttle party bus runs from 10am to midnight Saturday, and 10am to 6pm Sunday, starting at Town Hall in Ohio City before cruising to bars in Flats East Bank, Gordon Square, Kamm's Corner and Warehouse District.

  • Tickets start at $75.
☘️ Share of people reporting Irish ancestry
Data: U.S. Census; Chart: Axios Visuals
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