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After a Long Winter, OC is Ready to be Irish

After a brutal winter full of blizzards, Nor’easters, and Polar Vortexes, it’s safe to say Ocean City, Md is sick of being cooped up inside and is ready let loose. St. Patrick’s Day weekend 2014 will give residents and visitors the chance to do just that, as an Irish invasion takes over town. From kilts and bagpipes to corned beef and green beer, Ocean City has everything you need for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration for the ages.  Let’s just hope the luck of the Irish lasts long after the holiday ends and brings nothing but warm temperatures and sunshine to Ocean City this spring.

Ocean City St. Patrick’s Day Parade/ Irish-American Festival

Irish-American Festival at 45th St. Village. Photo by http://www.chrisparypaphotography.com/

The Delmarva Irish-American Club will host its annual St. Patrick’s parade on Saturday, March 15. The parade, which has grown into the 2nd largest St. Paddy’s Day parade in the state, will convene on 60th Street before proceeding south to 45th Street at noon as the town lines the streets to see floats, Irish music, dancing, and other entertainment from Ocean City clubs and organizations.  Before, during, and after the parade, 45th Street Village will host the annual Irish-American Festival 11am-3pm).  Join all of Ocean City’s Irish (and those pretending to be) for festive music and food and drink from your favorite bars, restaurants, and other vendors at the beach’s biggest end of winter bash.

Paddy Bash 2014 at Shenanigan’s

At Shenanigan’s, St. Patrick’s Day is too exciting to limit to a single day.  If you agree, stop by 5th St and the Boardwalk for Paddy Bash 2014- a weekend long celebration of all things Irish.  The party kicks off Thursday, March 13, with music by James Gallagher & Off the Boat  from 7-11pm.  Gallagher and company return Friday, March 14, for another performance from 8-11pm.

Thursday and Friday are sure to be fun, but Saturday is the day all of Ocean City has been waiting for since the start of winter.  Before you head up north to view the parade and participate in the madness of 45th St. Village, Shenanigan’s is your early morning Irish headquarters.  Doors open at 8am and the St. Paddy’s Boardwalk 5K Run will take place at 9.  Get there early and stick around all day for specials and Irish classics, as well as authentic music by Patrick McAllorum (11am-2pm) and James Gallagher & Off the Boat (3pm-close), and special appearances by The Chesapeake Caledonia Pipe Band and Ocean City Pipe Band.

Sunday, in what is being dubbed as Emerald Nation Recovery Day, Shenanigan’s will open its doors at 11am and promises to bring you lots of Bloody Mary’s and Guinness, but absolutely no bagpipes or loud Irish music.

Once you’ve successfully recovered, stop back by Monday to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2014 with your favorite Irish cuisine and beverages as well as music by James Gallagher (11:30am-close) and the Ocean City Pipe Band.

Other Irish Celebrations

You can also check out Epic Bar & Grill (inside the Grand Hotel), Finnegan’s (inside the Princess Bayside), Kirby’s Pub on 92nd St, Duffy’s Tavern on 130th, and Smitty McGee’s in Fenwick on Saturday, March 15, and Monday, March 17, for live music, authentic atmosphere, and great specials on corned beef and cabbage, green beer, Guinness, and your other favorite Irish drinks and dishes.

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