St Patrick’s Day: Wearin O’ The Green in Lead Vegas
This Saturday, March 17 is the feast day of Saint Patrick, which means that Leadville’s Irish folks will be decked out and bedazzled in green to celebrate with a parade, Irish whisky, corned beef and cabbage, and live music. And if it seems like Leadville just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, it’s because it did.
Every year, Leadville holds a “practice parade” for St. Patrick’s Day in the fall, often even bigger and more spectacular than on true feast day, which was a commemoration of his death, not birth. In Leadville, there’s just too much Irish to celebrate only once a year, so hopefully all that practice will pay off this Saturday, March 17.
For those interested in learning more about the man, the saint, the legend, here’s a video worthy of his life. And while there won’t be a quiz later, it’s nice to know the genesis and reasons for our American celebrations! Slainte!
Now here’s the lowdown on how the day will be celebrated in America’s Highest City. According to parade organizer and local businessman Luke Finken, the Leadville St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at noon on Saturday, March 17 . All are welcome and marchers can gather at the regular parade start spot on West Ninth Street in front of the Mining Museum a wee bit before noon.
From there, the parade heads south on historic Harrison Avenue. Parade watchers may catch the procession anywhere along Leadville’s main darg, but in front of the courthouse is a great gathering place. At the end of the parade route, party-goers will have some options for continued revelry and libations. Wilde’s Green Hour re-opens today (March 15) after some busted pipe issues. Welcome Back! On Saturday, stop by Wilde’s Green Hour after the parade for some live music with Tiffany Christopher Music, enjoy a pour of Smithwick’s or Guinness and a corned beef and cabbage pie, while they last!
And of course, there is the Legendary Silver Dollar Saloon, Leadville’s Famous Irish bar and a fine place to throw back some Jameson and salty limericks with friends! The saloon will be pouring Irish whisky and cheering Slainte!
Periodic Brewing will celebrate “Irish You Were Here” all day on Saturday, March 17. Enjoy craft beers brewed locally before and after the parade. Grab your first pint and get a Limited St. Patty’s Edition Pb pint glass for $1.00 (while supplies last!) Periodic Brewing offers a select menu of pub fare including brats and knocks, are open at noon, and located less than a block from the parade route at 115 E. Seventh St.
Down the way in the Leadville’s old red light district, The Pastime Bar & Cafe is holding a feast, serving their own brand of corned beef and cabbage on Saturday & Sunday, March 17 & 18. Then starting at 9 p.m. on St. Patrick’s Day, come and hear some live music with Michael Lacome for their St Paddy’s Day Party. The kitchen will be open from 12 to 9 p.m., and the bar open well into the night.
Other goings-on include Ski Cooper‘s St. Patrick’s Day party with Irish food & music at Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub! Colin McFee will play the bagpipe during the noon hour on the deck (weather permitting). The Celtic band, Crossroads Gathering will play at Katie’s from 3 – 5 p.m. Come try their tasty Corned Beef Reuben Sliders and Irish Shepherd’s Stew.
And finally, or perhaps at first, if looking for that special kind of green, stop in Roots Rx for high quality cannabis grown right here at 10,200 feet. Roots Rx is located at 125 Front St. (south of town) under the green neon cross.
However rowdy your jig may be this weekend, be sure to stay safe, drink responsibly, and respect your fellow lads and lasses. May the road rise to meet ya!