There’s a saying that goes, “If you’re lucky enough to be Irish, then you’re lucky enough.”  Well, as you may know by now–in Dublin, Ohio we’re not really Irish. But we do have Irish Attitude, which is why we prefer this Irish quote: “You’ve got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.”  And it is a little growin’ we intend to do on Saturday, March 13th.   That’s the day that the City of Dublin celebrates St. Patrick’s Day. Yes, it’s a a few days prior to the official St. Patrick’s Day, but we’re rather fond of getting the party started early here.

Waiting for the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin, Ohio

The city will be rollin’ out the green … and all-things-Irish. From the Pancake Breakfast that starts at the crack of dawn to the toe tappin’ fiddle music of the Celtic band Mythica, the City will be reverberating with Irish Attitude.  Below is information on some of the many events happening throughout the City on Saturday (March 13). Plan your agenda, put on your green sweater, t-shirt, hoodie, hat, tattoo and/or nail polish and come join the fun. Bring your camera. Bring the wee ones.

Start your day at the Lion’s Club annual Pancake Breakfast   at Sells Middle School. 7-11 a.m. (150 W. Bridge St.) $6 adults; $4 children (under 12) You’ll need the bulky breakfast to keep you warm during the awesome  City of Dublin’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade   It starts at 11 a.m. and heads east on Bridge St. (SR 161) through Historic Dublin. Look for the sea of green!

After the parade, think food and fun … with an Irish flair.  Visit  Whole Foods Dublin (3670 W. Dublin-Granville Rd.) between 12-2 p.m. for an “Irish Tasting” event with live music. Enjoy Irish tea & scones with Cindy Thomson, author of Brigid of Ireland  at TehKu Tea Company (55 S. High St.) from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. 

 The American Cancer Society Blarney Hop will be held at The Shoppes at River Ridge from 12-4 p.m. (6436 Riverside Drive) with family friendly activities for all ages. Speaking of family fun, visit  Sugar, Inc.  (36 N. High St.) immediately after the parade. The kids can decorate a holiday cookie while the adults savor Chocolate Guinness cupcakes and St. Pat’s decorated treats.

From 4-7 p.m. at The Brazenhead Irish Pub (56 N. High St.), the east coast band Mythica takes the stage to heat up the celebration with some of their signature Celtic music.  (It’s sure to be standing room only–so arrive early!)  If you’re a lad with great legs (and a kilt), then don’t miss the St. Patty’s Kilt Contest at  Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland at 6:45 p.m. Contestants will then parade through the Dublin Village Tavern (75 S. High St.) where a winner will be chosen.

AND there’s more! Visit the Dublin OH Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Web site, sign up for our Destination Dublin e-Travel Club and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the insider scoop on March events in Dublin, OH. And, remember one more thing. You don’t need Irish in your blood. Just in your soul.

-Post by Mary