St. Patrick’s Day is headed to the Glebe

March 14, 2016 | by glebeadmin
The St. Patrick's Day Parade takes place Saturday, March 19 in the Glebe.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes place Saturday, March 19 in the Glebe.

The Glebe is slowly turning green, and before you know it, the community will be overrun will little green men, with red beards and tall green top hats: Leprechauns.

That’s right, The Irish Society of Ottawa is bringing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade back to the Glebe this year on Saturday, March 19.

It will be a day full of excitement, with a dynamic parade cruising all along Bank Street in the morning and family entertainment all day and night at Lansdowne Park.

It all starts at 11 a.m. at City Hall, with the colourful parade heading down Laurier Avenue to Bank Street, where it will head south all the way to Lansdowne.

Come to the Glebe early and get a prime, front-row spot on Bank Street to catch the parade float past. Click here for more details. 

But don’t go home after it’s done. Beau’s Brewery has taken over the party side of things this year and the Vankleek Hill beer makers have a full day of Irish-inspired entertainment for the whole family.

It all starts at noon when DJ Law takes over the decks inside the Aberdeen Pavilion. Get in the groove with DJ Law’s beats as he sets the vibe for a wild day of dancing, music and Irish activities.

The music continues all day with bands Mountain Tay, Robin Averill and Chris McCaan, along with traditional Irish dancing, courtesy The Sue Fay Healy Irish Dance Studio.

Spectators can test their finger strength during the thumb wrestling tournament at 2:15, or test their beer-arm strength during the Stein Hold Struggle at 4 p.m.

Got some killer moves? Cut up a rug during the traditional Irish dance-off just after 5 p.m.

There will be traditional Irish fare available all throughout the day, including food and beer pairings.

As the sun begins to fall, the party bands will emerge, with Celtic rock band Celkilt kicking things into party mode at 5:30 p.m. Expect a rambunctious hour of Celtic punk and rock that will you keep you on your feet.

Sue Fay Healy and a crew of dancers will put on a traditional Irish dance to put all the rogue dancers back in line before the headliners, Delhi 2 Dublin throw down their classic mashup set filled bhangra, electronic, funk, Dub Reggae, Hip Hop and Celtic music at 7 p.m.

DJ Law closes out the party at 9 p.m. Click here for more on the Beau’s St. Patrick’s Day Party.

It’s a full day of green in the Glebe and we want you here. Just show up March 19 and join in all the fun. You are encouraged to dress up in your best leprechaun outfit, or don a green velvet suit and show us what St. Paddy’s Day is all about.

The fun all starts at 11 a.m., right here in the Glebe.