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Where To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2017 In Fort Lauderdale

Whip out that green garb before you get pinched—St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner, and we're doing an Irish jig because we can't contain our excitement.

From the city's big St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival this weekend, to plenty of Irish shindigs on Friday, March 17, there's plenty of green beer, bag pipes, and shepherd's pie in store.

Here are 10 things to do for St. Patrick's Day in Fort Lauderdale.

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Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade & Festival

March 11, Huizenga Plaza at Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale's biggest St. Paddy's affair will kick off the Irish festivities early with a 4-mile Shamrock Run at 7:30 a.m.; a green-spirited festival full of live bands, Irish dancers and a kids zone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and a parade along Las Olas at noon that'll feature floats, a pipe and drum corps, and marching bands. Plus, expect performances all day from Celtic musicians, Irish step dancers, and even a U2 tribute band (hey, Bono's Irish too!).


St. Paddy's Day Party with the Kelly Brothers

March 17, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Kelly Brothers Irish Pub in Fort Lauderdale

Kick off St. Patrick's Day with a traditional Irish breakfast at Kelly Brothers Irish Pub from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and then stick around as the Guinness keeps flowing and the music keeps playing all day and night.


St. Paddy's at McSorley's

March 17, 9 a.m. to 3 a.m.; McSorley's Beach Pub on Fort Lauderdale Beach

On St. Patrick's Day, McSorley's Beach Pub will have it all—from Irish classics like shepherd's pie and bangers and mash, to a not-so-traditional ice luge for Jameson Irish Whiskey shots (yes, you read that right). Irish musicians and bagpipers will set the mood, and guests can enjoy rounds of Guinness on tap, $5 green tea shots, $3 Jell-o shots, green beer and more. 


Bistro at Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach

March 17, noon to 10 p.m. (food special), 11 a.m. to midnight (drink special)

For a corned beef and cabbage special ($15) on the beach, head to Bistro restaurant at the Sonesta. Pair it with the Irish Rain specialty cocktail ($14), made with Hpnotiq—a bright blue liqueur—and fresh squeezed lime.


The Field Irish Pub's St. Patrick's Day Festival

March 17, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; The Field Irish Pub & Eatery in Fort Lauderdale

Witness bagpipers, Irish dancers and cloggers, plus live Irish music across two stages at The Field Irish Pub's all-day festival. There will also be a DJ and face-painting for the kids, plus traditional Irish fare and full liquor bars inside and out. Admission is $10 (no charge for guests under age 16).


Briny's St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 17, 11 a.m. to 4 a.m.; Briny Irish Pub on the Riverfront

Celebrate St. Paddy's on the on the Riverfront. In addition to serving up plenty of corned beef, cabbage and shepherd's pie, Briny Irish Pub will host five live bands throughout the day, and you can count on there being plenty of green beer to go around. 


St. Paddy's Day at Shooter's Waterfront

March 17, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Shooters Waterfront in Fort Lauderdale

Wear green, and drink yourself greener. Shooter's will offer a $16 shepherd's pie special for St. Patrick's Day and green beers for $3.


Rock Your Shamrocks Party at 5 o'Clock Somewhere Bar & Grill

March 17, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.;  5 o'Clock Somewhere at Margargaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort

Try Margaritaville's twist on green beer with $5 Lucky LandShark Lagers, which are topped with Margaritaville Island Lime Tequila, or the Key Lime Shamrock Marg O'rita for $8. The party will also feature live music by DJ Blix, Jason K and Signal Fire.


Shamrock Soiree at American Social

March 17, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.; American Social on Las Olas

At American Social, blend traditional bagpipers with a live DJ for an Irish experience like no other. AmSo will be serving up specialty cocktails, like the Lucky Shamrock Shake featuring Bailey's Irish Cream and garnished with Lucky Charms, and guests can also enjoy $10 Irish Car Bomb cocktails, $7 Jameson, $5 Guinness drafts, and $4 green beer. Be sure to wear green. 


Guinness Cupcakes from Angelo Elia

Through March 17; Angelo Elia The Bakery Bar in Fort Lauderdale

For a sweeter St. Patrick's Day treat, head to Angelo Elia The Bakery Bar with limited-edition chocolate and Guinness-infused cupcakes ($4). They're topped with cream cheese icing, then dipped in chocolate ganache. They're available now until March 17.