St. Patrick’s Day is Sunday. But in Las Vegas, that means it’s party all week-end. ☘️ And most of those parties are FREE!
I grew up in Chicago in the 60s, when Mayor Richard Daley dyed the Chicago River green. Really! Today that’s not possible (How much marine life did we kill?), but it was cool while it lasted. But I digress.
Want to meet my new puppy? Then attend the City of Henderson’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The first one was in 1966. This year’s installment starts Friday night at 5 and ends Sunday night at 7. The fun starts at noon each day.☘️
I will be marching in the parade Saturday morning from 10-noon. The Las Vegas chapter of the Irish Setter Club of America is a proud participant. I am a lucky owner of a three-month-old Irish setter puppy as of last week. (She’s a rescue, long story.) So we are going to be there. I bought St. Patrick’s day shamrock headbands for both of us. I don’t know if the dog will cooperate. We’ll see.
If I am not a big enough draw, then how about Irish dancers, Irish music, actual jig lessons, even an Irish whiskey tasting contest, if you can prove you’re over 21? Can you imagine this is FREE?
There are carnival rides too, but they are not free. Single tickets are $1.25 but a book of 40 is $40.☘️
The LINQ also has a three-day shamrock bash. The High Roller Observation Wheel will turn green. Bagpipers will parade through the LINQ. Darby O’gill and the Little People will perform Friday night from 5-8. Empire Records, a 90s tribute band, strikes up the band Saturday 6-8. The LINQ’s parade is Sunday. It too begins at noon.
All this is FREE. However, all the bars, restaurants and shops (like the Irish bar Tilted Kilt) are having St. Patrick’s Day specials. These, my friends, are not free. However, the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles Cupcakes is worth the money!☘️
Nothing matches Fremont Street’s all week-end St. Patrick’s Day experience. Eighteen bands will blare out 40 hours of FREE live performances. Darby O’Gill will be there too.
This is one of my favorite places to watch a parade, which will be Sunday at noon. The Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association hosts the parade. Uniformed firefighters from across the country join our Las Vegas firefighters and bagpipers on a trek down Fremont Street. They congregate under the Fremont Street canopy to stage a bagpipe concert. ☘️
They always bring a fire truck and hang a Texas-sized American flag from the top of the ladder.
At 6 pm, watch the production show “Sticky Sweet“. This typically sassy Las Vegas show has dancing, singing and high-flying aeralists. FREE!
What’s kewl about Fremont Street: Share your photos on Instagram using the hashtag #FremontStreet. All through the festivities the IT department will be flashing these photos on the Viva Vision canopy. Take a photo of that, people!
Have a great St. Patrick’s Day week-end, Las Vegas. ☘️
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