Glebe set to paint town green for St. Paddy’s Day
The Glebe is set to paint the town Green this weekend – and with dozens of green floats, shamrocks and leprechauns ready to invade Bank Street, getting into the spirit won’t take much convincing.
Scores of families are expected to arrive in the Glebe Saturday morning for the Irish Society of Ottawa’s 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take colourful floats and displays down Bank Street through the Glebe before finishing the route at Lansdowne.
Don your greenest green, break out that leprechaun cape you’ve been saving, grab some haggis and green beer and join us as we celebrate all things Ireland in the Glebe.
The Parade begins floating down at 11 a.m., beginning at City Hall before turning down Bank Street and travelling to Lansdowne, where a Beau’s St. Paddy’s Day Party is waiting for green revelers.
Come down early and get a front row spot on Bank Street to catch the fun spring parade. The road will temporarily be closed until after the parade passes by. Find parade details here.
Once the green smoke clears, there’s no need to go home just yet, as there are family activities at Lansdowne for the Beau’s St. Patrick’s Day Party inside the Aberdeen Pavilion.
The kids can learn some traditional Irish dance moves with Sue Fay Healy, or give Gaelic football a go on the Great Lawn. Don’t let them out of your sight for too long, as the crew at Barnstormer Studio may send them back with some serious ink work. The Glebe tattoo shop will be offering up high-end temporary tattoos for the party. We said temporary!
“Beau’s is about community,” says Beau’s Events Coordinator Josh Gottlieb.
“This event is happening right in Ottawa, so we want to be able to involve as much of the Ottawa community as possible, being our host community.”
The party will also boast the ever-popular Stein Hold Struggle to see who can hold a pint of beer the longest – a major hit at last year’s party.
Gottlieb says the day will start out very traditional, with Irish dancing, Irish-inspired menus and traditional Celtic music from about noon to 5 p.m. before the party hats come out. Local band Mountain Tay, featuring Bonnie Hodgins, Cal Cummings and more will set the vibe with traditional Irish roots tunes before party bands The Peelers, Bodh’Aktan and Blakdenim turn it up to 11.
“We want to end the night with something that is a little bit different and turn the Celtic party into a dance party,” adds Gottlieb.
“The whole programming is designed to go from the traditional elements of the arts and culture or the traditional elements of the music in the daytime to a more of a concert theme with more modern bands. We are just going to turn it on its head come nine o’clock when Black Denim take the stage.”
The party also boasts an Irish Dance-Off, arts and crafts for kids, and an Irish Film Festival.
Tickets are $29 for adults and $5 for kids under 13. Children under two are free. Click here for tickets and more information.
Find a detailed schedule of events below:
St. Pat’s Schedule 2017
11:00 – Irish Society of Ottawa’s 35th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
12:30 Mountain Tay with Debbie McCann
12:00 – 5:00 Meet with Brewers
1:00 Open Ceremonies
1:15 Robin Averill
1:45 Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance
2:15 Stein Hold Struggle – Men*
2:35 Mountain Tay with Chris Last
3:05 Bonnie Hodgins
3:35 Stein Hold Struggle – Women*
4:00 Cal Cummings
4:45 Sue Fay Healy School of Irish Dance
6:30 Show Us Your Best Irish Dance Moves*
7:00 The Peelers
10:00 Dance Party with DJ Law
*Onsite registration required