St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Louisville 2014

Here’s where to go and what to do in Louisville to celebrate the drop of Irish blood most of us have :
1. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the Highlands
Don't miss the 41st Annual St. Patrick's Parade in the Highlands -from Phoenix Hill to Mid City Mall! It's a day full of fun, community, and celebrating the best holiday of the year - St. Patrick's Day! Produced by the Ancient Order of Hibernins, this year the theme is "It's a Great Day for the Irish!"

March 15, 3:00-5:00 PM
The Highlands
Broadway/Baxter Ave to Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY 40204
2. The MANY St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans at O’Shea’s
On March 15 and March 17, both the Highlands and the Downtown O’Shea’s will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with bands, Irish music, dancing and themed food. Great Irish menu features will include bangers and mash and corned beef with cabbage; performers include 32 Country Coalition, The Touchables, Highland Region, Eight Inch Elvis, Cover Me Badd, Fairview Tuesday and Dj Melly Mel. Check the full schedule of St. Patrick’s Day events at O’Shea’s.
March 15/17
O’Shea’s Irish Pub in the Highlands
956 Baxter Ave
Louisville, KY 40204
March 15/17
Patrick O’Shea’s Downtown
123 W. Main Street   
Louisville, KY 40202
3. The Green Derby Gallop at Fourth St. Live
Atomic Rhino Events and Fourth Street Live are bringing The Green Derby Gallop to Downtown Louisville.  Racers will be running through the streets of Downtown Louisville all the while being on the look out for leprechauns and their gold coins. Make your way to the finish line and enjoy all the entertainment and libations that Fourth Street Live has to offer.  Dress up in your favorite or most outrageous GREEN attire and have a ball with your fiends! Top 50 finishers receive a medal.  All runners receive a shirt and hat. Registration starts at 4 p.m., with 5 p.m. race time.
March 15, 4 – 6 p.m.
Fourth Street Live!
Louisville, KY 40202
4. St. Patrick’s Day Annual Tent Party at The Irish Rover
Widely considered to have Louisville’s best Irish food (not to mention the best fish and chips!)The Irish Rover will celebrate the big day with its annual tent party, featuring live traditional music, Irish dancing, food and beer counters and plenty of Ol, Ceol, Bia agus Craic. Seating is on a first come/first served basis in the tent. For table service in the restaurant, reservations are highly recommended (groups of 5 or more), and they do go quickly. There is a $5 cover for everyone (including those with restaurant reservations), but children 12 and under are free. Tent and restaurant open at 11:00 am. Persons under 21 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
March 17, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
The Irish Rover
2319 Frankfort Ave,
Louisville, Kentucky 40206
5. The Irish Exit’s Week-long St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
All week the Irish Exit in New Albany will have no cover, drink specials, and lots of Irish good cheer. It all kicks off with a St. Paddy’s dance party Friday, and continues until Friday March 21st. A great place to go for a slightly more chill St. Patrick’s Day, and if the weather warms up, their back patio is prime.
March 14 – March 21
The Irish Exit
207 E. Main St.
New Albany, IN 47150
6. The Louisville Chorus Presents Musical Visions of Ireland
The Louisville Chorus is teaming up with the Beargrass Christian Church Choir to provide a different kind of St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Beargrass Christian Church. They’re touting it as a multimedia event, and let’s hope that includes a little Irish dancing.
March 15, 7:30 p.m.
Beargrass Christian Church
4100 Shelbyville Road
Louisville, KY 40207
General admission is $20, Seniors $15, Students $5
7. “Irish as Paddy’s Pig” at the Portland Museum
Celebrate Irish Heritage at the Portland Museum: Irish Story Circle with Rick Bell, children's activities, fiddle and dancing, and refreshments. This event is free and open to the public. Parking on Lytle Street behind the museum. This is a family-friendly event.
March 16 1 – 4 p.m.
2308 Portland Avenue
Louisville, KY 40212
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