All across the United States, people celebrate St. Patrick Day with parades, dancing, exhibitions, pipe and drum music, great food, and green beer. The first American celebration was in Boston, and now there are festivities in every city and town in the US. So, what better place to celebrate the Emerald Isle than on the Emerald Coast and down to the south? Here is a guide to some of the week’s events and details on St. Patrick Day Gulf Coast vacation rentals.
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Every year Panama City Publishing Co. Museum and Visitor’s Center sponsors a pub crawl. It serves as a fundraiser to support local charities. Various pubs and restaurants will have activities during the day, and the pub crawl begins in the evening. Don’t miss the Irish dance contests, Irish accent competition, and a sidewalk march.
Two other restaurants that are renowned for their cuisine are Beef’O’Brady’s, with an American food menu, and House of Henry, with upscale Irish cuisine and some unusual choices like Celtic Curds and Guinness BBQ Burgers.
HarborWalk Village hosts a pub crawl, food and drink, and live music. Destin also has lots of family activities, including specialty shows, fishing, and dolphin cruises. One of the favorite places to go for food, drink, and live entertainment is McGuire’s.
McGuire’s is famous here, too, and this fine pub hosts a 5k Prediction Run. A prediction run is where runners predict how long it will take them to finish the race, and the runners who come in closest to the times they predicted win the prize. Most of the runners use their race winnings for charity.
The St. Pete French Fry & Green Beer Fest is a local favorite for St. Patrick Day events. Gulf Bay Food Truck Association and the City of St. Petersburg are the sponsors, and the festival features a fabulous food truck selection.
Often before St. Patrick Day is St Practice Day Bar Olympics at the Rec Dec in St. Petersburg. Wear all the green you have in your closet and be your Irishest! Compete in bar games like beer pong, quarters, darts, and cornhole and receive eight drink tickets.
Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl and Finnegan’s St. Patrick Day Bar Crawl will be in full swing. Participants will receive souvenirs and food/drink specials, photographs, badges. Don’t forget your most Irish outfit for the costume contests!
O’Keefe’s Tavern on Fort Harrison Street is one of the favorite St. Patrick Day celebrations in Clearwater. They will have Irish bands live—like Irish Buskers Band and Empty Hats Band—dancers, Bagpipers, traditional food, and green beer.
Get your party animal on at the Naples St. Patrick Day Parade! The parade itself will feature fire engines, dancers, bands, pipe and drum corps, parade floats, and more. It starts at 11:00 a.m., so line the kids up along the parade route so they can catch candy and fun items thrown from the parade area.
Feel like chucking an ax at something? Head to the St. Patrick Day Parade Party in Naples. Make sure you get to Shenanigan’s Wake and The Woodwork.
From parades to live music, Fort Myers is going to be jam-packed with St. Patrick Day craic! Wee Laddie Arseways will be performing at 10 Twenty Five Downtown. He is known as the world’s largest leprechaun (and is even in the Guinness Book of World Records) and sings in local pubs.
If you’re up for another St Practice Day in Fort Myers, go to Fort Myers Brewing Company on Commerce Lakes Drive. There will be many Irish-style beers and ales, Irish-themed food trucks, and lots of live music.
Other fun activities in Fort Myers include a cookie decorating class offered by A Little Cookie Shoppe, St. Patrick’s Glow at Sky Zone, Lucky’s St. Patrick’s Day Crawl, and the Irish Food Festival at Millennial Brewing Company.
Undoubtedly, most of Florida will be celebrating St. Patrick Day in March, so all you need to do is take a drive, point, and park! The weather on the Gulf Coast of Florida is warm in the daytime and in the low 60s at night, making it perfect for Gulf Coast St. Patrick’s Day revelries.
Where to Stay for St. Patrick Day Gulf Coast
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