A day to be Irish

Tom Andrew

This year in San Diego, St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated in style with plenty of things to do that will have you feeling like you have just inherited the luck of the Irish, even if you were born somethin’ else.

If you enjoy parades, then Saturday, March 13, 2010, is your day. San Diego’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 11 a.m. on Fifth and Laurel, traveling up Fifth to Upas, and then back down Sixth ending back at Laurel. With over 150 parade entries, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.

The Irish Festival will be in Balboa Park this year at Sixth and Maple, very close to where the parade ends, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature two entertainment stages, a beer garden, food booths, Irish crafts, and a Celtic Village

For further information contact Claudia Jack at 619-846-6269, or email her at [email protected] For parade information visit www.stpatsparade.org where you’ll find full details to plan your day.

Parade and beer garden by day, and by night — how about some of the most popular Irish Pubs in San Diego.

shamROCK 2010 will be presented March 17, 2010, in the Gaslamp from 4 p.m. to midnight on F Street between Fifth and Seventh Avenues, and on Sixth between E and G Streets. Tickets are expected to sell quickly, with over 20,000 people attending in years past.

There will be three stages of live music, and DJ’s, with events from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the event.

shamRock 2010 will also offer a designated driver program with free rides home to anyone who lives in San Diego County with a shamROCK wristband.

Lastly, if you just want to sit at a pub and soak up the atmosphere, here are a few choice pubs sure to put you in a green mood:

The Field Irish Pub
544 Fifth Avenue
619-232-9840

Blarney Stone Pub
502 Fifth Avenue
619-233-8519

Hennessey’s Tavern
708 Fourth Avenue
619-239-9994