Decorations for St. Patrick's Day are everywhere and here I don't need to be creative, a trip to the 99 cent store is all that was needed for my Garden Window.
As for my neighbor, she pimped out her fern with a paper mache iguana looking thing, shamrocks, coins and green.
Now the parties, this year St. Patrick's falls on Saturday March 17...I can almost feel next Sunday's hangover! Here are some things going on in San Diego:
Balboa Park International Cottages
There's an area in Balboa Park with lots of little cottages, each one representing a different country. They're open on Sundays and people from those countries are available to talk about their culture. Each week there's also a lawn program hosted by one of the cottages to showcase music, dance and food. On March 11th it was House of Ireland, this time I didn't take pics, but I did put together a video. Check out Lawn Programs 2012 to see when your favorite country is hosting an event.
If you watch this video you'll hear the Irish language being spoken (he's the Irish teacher) and men in kilts. Nothing sexier than a guy wearing a kilt!
San Diego St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Festival
This is the 32nd annual event presented by the Irish Congress of Southern California with over 120 parade entries, booths, beer garden, contests and much more. This year the theme is "Celebrating the Spirit of Ancient Ireland", they are looking for volunteers, check their volunteer page.
This is a very fun and free event for the whole family, these are some of my pics from 2011
Presented by Jameson Irish Whiskey and The Field from 2 PM until Midnight, this event benefits the Gaslamp Quarter Historical Foundation. Streets are closed and carpeted with green astro-turf, looks awesome! This is a 21 & Up event and tickets start at $35 depending on the day of purchase, check their site for more information. They have live bands, booths, green beer and lots of drunk people!
Of course, there will be a party in every Irish Pub in San Diego!
|Rosie O'Grady's in Normal Heights|
|The Ould Sod in Normal Heights|
Gaslamp / East Village:
Henry's Pub - 618 5th Ave
The Field - 544 5th Ave
Dublin Square Irish Pub & Grill - 554 4th Ave
Patrick's Gaslamp Pub - 428 F Street
North Park / South Park / Normal Heights
The Ould Sod - 3373 Adams Ave
Rosie O'Grady's - 3402 Adams Ave
Hamilton's Tavern - 1521 30th street
Lemon Grove / La Mesa / El Cajon
Hooley's Irish Pub - 5500 Grossmont Center Dr
Shenanigans Irish Pub - 7030 University Ave
O'Connor's Pub - 8758 La Mesa Blvd
And many, many, many more