St. Patrick's Day 2015: Your guide to parties and parades in the Twin Cities

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It probably hasn't escaped your notice that it's St. Patrick's Day this Tuesday, but bars across the Twin Cities are starting the party early.

Guinness revealed this week that St. Paul is the third-best place in the U.S. to have a pint of the black stuff (Minneapolis is 10th), as the Pioneer Press reports, so you can expect the craic to be good as festivities get underway this weekend.

Here's a look at everything that's going on over the next four days.

This weekend

St. Paul: With its strong Irish heritage, St. Paul will as usual be the center of St. Patrick's Day celebrations. The party starts Friday night at Bennett's Chop and Railhouse in West Seventh Street, kicking off a whole host of events from city bars over the weekend.

Then on Saturday, there will be live music and DJs as West Seventh Street hosts the Lucky Palooza block party from 2 p.m.

The Pioneer Press has many more suggestions on how people can "Own St. Patrick's Day" this weekend.

Minneapolis: The familiar names of Irish bars Kieran's, The Local and Morrissey's make this list from the Minneapolis Sun Times of the best bars in which to celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend, and the big day itself on Tuesday.

And if you're looking for an early start, Kieran's is the place to go, as it opens up at 9 a.m. and will feature a music tent with live performances going on until 1 a.m.

For some different suggestions, check out this Vita.mn guide, which notes there will be Irish dancing at Kip's Irish Pub in St. Louis Park.

St. Patrick's Day Parades on Tuesday

St. Paul: Yes, it's a bit of a downer that it's on a Tuesday, but it's unlikely to deter thousands of revelers heading to the 49th annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in St. Paul, which gets underway at noon.

It will run from Fifth Street and Sibley Street to Rice Park, according to the St. Patrick's Association of St. Paul website.

St. Paul City Council is allowing live music to be played outdoors on the day, provided it stops by 10 p.m.

Minneapolis:WCCO notes that this year's parade will start at 6:30 p.m. on Nicollet Mall and run between 11th Street and 5th Street, featuring floats, bands and walking units.

You can find out more information about the parade from the St. Patrick’s Day Association’s website.

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.

Getting Around

No need to drive, as Metro Transit is offering free rides on Northstar trains, the Light Rail Blue and Green Lines and the following 29 bus routes between 6 p.m. and 3 a.m. on St. Patrick's Day, starting Tuesday.

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

Metro Transit will also be offering free rides to Lucky Palooza in St. Paul between 1 p.m. and 1 a.m. on Saturday. You can download a free pass for this offer here.

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