By Christian Kendzierski
Everyone in Baltimore is Irish – at least one day out of the year. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Charm City is exciting and fun for adults and kids alike! From a spirited parade to a spirited sprint and all the green food and drink in between, check out our guide to St. Patrick’s Day in Baltimore.
Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Charles and Franklin Streets
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Sunday, March 11 2012
Start Time: 1:15 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Daylight Saving Time at the 57th annual Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Maryland’s largest and Baltimore’s oldest parade in history! The parade kicks off in Baltimore’s historic Mount Vernon neighborhood, where Charles Street and Franklin Street meet; don’t forget to check out the Washington Monument. More than 2,000 participants revel in the holiday parade with Irish dancers, step dancers, marching bands, local politicians and plenty of green! The parade route heads south on Charles Street then down along Pratt Street, near Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Make sure your head out early to grab your seat along the parade route. It is heavily attended and one of the highlights of the year!
St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock 5K
Starting line: Charles and Franklin Streets
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Sunday, March 11 at 1:15 p.m.
Registration Fee: $45.00
About 5,000 runners will be waiting for you at the starting line – come compete in The Shamrock 5K Race on St. Patrick’s Day. The route starts at Charles and Franklin Streets and finishes on Market Place between Pratt and Lombard at Power Plant Live. Does running take incentive? How about the chance to win some greenbacks? The top three in each division will win cash prizes starting at $150.00. Pre-registered runners will take home green t-shirts. Refreshments and music will greet runners at the finish line. The beer is free for runners.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade Brunch
James Joyce Pub
616 S. President Street
Baltimore, Md. 21202
Sunday, March 11 2012 – 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$25.00/person, $15.00/children ages 2-12
Enjoy brunch before taking the family up to the parade. The James Joyce Pub continues their annual tradition of serving up the best Irish dishes around. Expect O’Brien’s potatoes, waffles, Irish brown bread, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee, Bloody Marys and mimosas! At the James Joyce, you’ll find camaraderie that may just bring you back again next year. Seating is limited to call ahead to make reservations.
Check out these other great Irish spots to grab Irish dishes before or after the parade or 5K.
600 E. Belvedere Avenue
Baltimore, Md. 21212
Hours: Monday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 a.m., Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 1 a.m.
Good kid-friendly location to grab pub food. Several intimate coves can make it comfortable for a family to enjoy dinner together. There’s a nice selection of Irish dishes, along with your typical pub food so there’s something for everyone, including seafood lovers.
Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant
1700 Thames Street
Baltimore, Md. 21231
Hours: Monday-Sunday 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Head upstairs for a quieter atmosphere than the first floor bar area, or if you’re a small group, the
outdoor seating on a nice day is a great way to brunch or lunch. Some fans rave over the brunch menu,
others say the oysters are the best. Slainte is great spot to catch a beer and watch a soccer game hands
Mick O’Shea’s Irish Pub
328 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Md. 21201
Hours: Monday-Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Saturday and Sunday: brunch 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The shepherd’s pie is a standard crowd pleaser at this local Irish pub. Topped with mashed potatoes and stewed with Guinness, this nicely priced dish will make you think you’ve dined in Ireland. Head to the back for table seating and check listing for live music!
Christian Kendzierski spends most of his time as a media specialist at Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland and is one-third Irish on his mother’s side. He also works as a freelance writer and lives in Baltimore. See what’s going in Christian’s world by following him on Twitter @ck1media.