A frog float in the St. Patrick's Day parade!

A frog float in the St. Patrick’s Day parade!

In case you hadn’t noticed, St. Patrick’s Day is just 27 days away, and in Dublin, Ohio, the city where Irish is an attitude, this holiday is a BIG deal! You see, in 2012, Dublin, Ohio’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade was actually recognized by Orbitz as one of the “Top 10 Spots to Get in the Irish Spirit on St. Patrick’s Day”, and about 20,000 people attend the festivities.

This year, the City of Dublin, Ohio, will hold its St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on Saturday, March 16. To start your day, have a hearty meal at the Lion’s Club Breakfast at Sells Middle School (food is served from 7 – 11 a.m.). The cost is $6 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Then, head over to Metro Center for an Inflation Celebration (9:30 a.m.) and watch the giant parade balloons come alive before your eyes! Next, get in the groove while listening to the Hooligans. The band will play at the Review Stand on Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary.  Finally, the self-proclaimed “greenest, grandest parade”, led by the 2013 Grand Leprechaun, Cap Clagg, will kick off at Metro Center and continue through Historic Dublin. The spectacle features more than 100 floats* showing off their Irish attitude!

*To participate in the parade, apply on the City of Dublin website by Friday, February 22.

For more information, including a map of the parade route, road closure information, volunteer form and more, visit the City of Dublin website or call 614-410-4545.

We hope to see you in March! Visit www.IrishIsAnAttitude.com for more things to do in Dublin!

~ Post by Dawn

This Saturday marks an important day. The St. Patrick’s Parade in Dublin (OH)  is a big part of our family tradition.  Whether it’s with the cub scouts, neighborhood association, church or the Dublin CVB’s entry–you’ll always find the Rich family in the Dublin Parades!

Dublin OH St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Dublin CVB has been a part of the St. Patrick’s Day parade for more than 10 years.  In earlier years, one of our board members would drive “Skelly the Leprechaun” (the official Dublin CVB Mascot) in a convertible.  It wasn’t elaborate, but it sure was fun to see the kids smile at a the “real-life” leprechaun!

For the past few years, we (the Dublin CVB staff) have created a float.  The theme always reflects our Irish Attitude and it’s fun to tweak it from year to year.  The first year that we took on the challenge of building a float, we stuffed tissue paper squares (pomps) into chicken wire sprayed with adhesive.  After one garage wall became permanently sticky from all the glue spray, we decided a different approach was in order!

Last year’s float featured a rainbow made out of Christmas tinsel garland and a pot o’ gold. This year it will feature … well, I’m not telling.  You’ll have to come to Dublin to see it on Saturday.

One key component of our float is the fun time we share with our families and friends.  The comraderie that comes from rising early on a cold Saturday morning to hurry and get in line for the parade–(only to stand for 1–1/2 hours eating doughnuts)–is unparalleled.  But walking the parade route more than makes up for the wait time because you get to see all your friends and neighbors. (It’s amazing to see how happy people become when you hand them a string of green beads!)

Will we see you on Saturday?  Look for the (hopefully) award-winning DCVB float in position #9!

(Note: The Dublin Ohio St. Patrick’s Day Parade starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010. It begins at Metro Center off Frantz Rd. and heads east along SR 161/Bridge St. into Historic Dublin, then south on High St.)

-Post by Katie

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