Help us paint the Glebe green for St. Paddy’s Day

February 28, 2018 | by glebeadmin

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Grab your lederhosen, your lucky green socks and your top hat, because it’s almost time to paint the Glebe green for St. Patrick’s Day.

We’ve seen the vibrant green floats bounce down Bank Street for an impressive 35 years, and there are no signs of slowing down for the Ottawa Irish Festival, as the Glebe will see a massive parade March 10, road races and a raucous St. Paddy’s Day bash at the Aberdeen Pavilion hosted by Beau’s.

The festivities get underway at 10:30 a.m. with the St. Patrick’s Day Road Races that offer one or two-mile races for everyone from the serious runner, to the active family. Run along Bank Street to Lansdowne Park by yourself, with a buddy, or sign the entire family up for the fun race.

The races are a great way to kick off spring and begin your running season with a bang. Click here to register.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The 36th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will follow the racers along Bank Street before culminating at Lansdowne Park. You can expect marching bands, quirky floats and leprechauns who will be roaming the Glebe during the Irish celebration.

Show up early and grab a spot along the parade route on Bank Street and join in on the fun. Get into the spirit by donning your greenest greens – head to toe if you can. The parade runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 10. Click here for the parade route and start times.

But there’s more to take in for St. Patrick’s Day in the Glebe. Following the race and the parade, venture over to the Aberdeen Pavilion for the Beau’s St. Patrick’s Party from noon to 10 p.m. The family-friendly event boasts live music from The Real McKenzies and Mountain Tay, and a mountain of activities including pinball, an Irish Dance-Off and the ever-popular Sein Hold Struggle, the elimination contest to see who can hold a stein of beer up the longest. The party will culminate with a dance party with DJ Law at 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $29 for adults and $5 for children. Click here for tickets.

Fill up on suds with Beau’s 12-plus beers on tap and fill your belly with traditional Irish fare including Strong Patrick Brined Beef Brisket, Roasted Mushroom Ragout and Lug Tread Sausage on a Bun.

There isn’t a greener party anywhere in the city, and with the parade and road races, it’s a full day of Irish fun in the Glebe.

See you there.