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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Here's what's going on and where you can celebrate

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St. Patrick's Day festivities kicked off over the weekend, but the Irish and non-Irish alike will don their green to celebrate the official holiday on Tuesday.

Here's a look at what's going on and where you can celebrate.

St. Paul

Expect to see a sea of green making its way through St. Paul over the lunch hour. Thousands of revelers are slated to attend the 49th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, which begins at noon.

The parade runs from Fifth Street and Sibley Street to Rice Park. Check out the route on the St. Patrick's Association of St. Paul's website.

And if you're looking for something shorter – O'Gara's in St. Paul will be hosting its annual "world's shortest parade" starting at 3 p.m.

Other pubs in the area are also hosting St. Patrick's Day events so partygoers can get their fill of Guinness, and corned beef and cabbage. St. Paul City Council is allowing live music to be played outdoors on the day, provided it stops by 10 p.m.

Patrick McGovern's on West Seventh Street hosted a "big tent" party Saturday, and will be doing it again Tuesday. The pub opens at 8:30 a.m., and the Minneapolis Police Pipe Band will be playing at the bar at 1 p.m., following the parade.

CityPages has more on where to celebrate.


Festivities will kick off during the day Tuesday, followed by the city's annual parade at 6:30 p.m. down Nicollet Mall between 11th and Fifth streets.

Several bars near the parade route will have happy hour and live music. Among them: Brit's Pub will have bagpipers and the O'Hammer Band for no cover charge. And just down the road at Kieran's Pub, there will be live music from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Check out Meet Minneapolis' website for a detailed list on where to go, and who's performing when.

Getting Around

No need to drive, as Metro Transit is offering free rides on Northstar trains, the light rail and 29 bus routes between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Tuesday night.

This offer includes buses run by the Metropolitan Council, Minnesota Valley Transit Authority, SouthWest Transit and Anoka County Traveler.

Other parades

Duluth: The Grand St. Patrick’s Day celebration will feature an indoor parade at Clyde Ironworks in West Michigan Street starting at 6 p.m.

Ninety to the Dozen will headline a concert from 6-8 p.m., click here for more details.

Rochester: The Rochester Caledonian Pipe Band is a “time-honored tradition” in the city, according to the Post Bulletin, and it will be carrying out its customary tour of downtown pubs on Tuesday.

A map of their route can be found here.

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