St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin
By Heather Rader

Where is the greenest and grandest place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ohio? In Dublin, where Irish is an attitude! With a nod to their Irish namesake, Dublin, Ohio has created an Irish experience that welcomes visitors year-round. With “Irish Approved” businesses and restaurants that provide authentic Irish products and services for any Irish loving individual. With its Irish grandness, Dublin is the perfect location to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

The St. Patrick’s Day celebration kicks off with a pancake breakfast and followed by the parade balloon inflation celebration. The highlight is the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Historic Dublin. Visitors line the streets of Historic Dublin to watch bagpipers, floats, giant Irish-themed balloons, marching bands, and all things Irish march the streets and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. There is even a Grand Leprechaun (the parade Grand Marshall), to welcome visitors to the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Dublin!

After the parade, visitors can enjoy live entertainment at Blarney Bash, Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day party. This day-long event has a Wee Folk Area for the kids (noon to 3 pm), live Irish music and dancing, ten food trucks, and five types of beer (they even have green beer!) to celebrate all things Irish for St. Patrick’s Day. (Blarney Bash is from noon-11pm, admission is free until 5pm, then $5 per adult. After 5pm, Blarney Bash is best for adults).

Although the St. Patrick Day’s Parade and Blarney Bash are the weekend highlights, visitors can also enjoy the annual Best Legs in a Kilt Contest with male contestants showing off their legs in their most festive Irish apparel. And M3S Sports presents the St. Patrick’s Day 4-Miler, where participants run or walk the 4-mile course in festive St. Patrick’s Day apparel and partake in a St. Patrick’s Day celebration and concert after the race.  

With numerous Irish-themed activities, Dublin is the greenest place to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Ohio!  No wonder Dublin, Ohio has been named one of the top ten cities in the country to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day according to Orbitz and U.S. Travel!

If you missed this weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration and want more Irish festivities, attend the 28th Annual Dublin Irish Festival (July 31-August 2) to explore one of the biggest Irish Festivals in the world!

Thanks to the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau for the warm Irish welcome!

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