When St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday, you can count on a full weekend of festivities in Tucson. The big event is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival starting at Armory Park at 10 a.m. The entire downtown area celebrates with Celtic traditions, bringing the Irish spirit to the city. Enjoy live Irish music, entertainment and dancing as well as a lavish children’s play and game area.
Local vendors are on site dishing up lucky corned beef and cabbage, and you can discover a wealth of tables and cultural information sessions throughout the park. The parade starts promptly at 11 and is one hour long. To see the start of the parade, head to Stone and 16th Street. Marchers, floats, local notables and military units are all part of this 30+ year tradition.
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After parties take place at most bars, pubs and clubs around the area. The Auld Dubliner is a favorite local Irish pub with live music every weekend and traditional fare. Here’s where you’ll find green beer, Guinness and a raucous good time on St. Paddy’s Day.
You’ll also want to visit The Tilted Kilt Pub and Eatery to catch all your favorite games alongside genuine Celtic dishes. The Canyon’s Crown Restaurant and Pub is a favorite British eatery serving the best fish ‘n’ chips in town with a generous side of St. Paddy spirit. Where will your weekend take you?