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St. Patrick's Day celebrations start Saturday

March 13, 2015
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There will be plenty of St. Patrick’s Day parties tomorrow before the day officially arrives next week.

In addition to a stop at local Irish bars, such as Flanagan's, Quinn & Tuite's and O’Tooles, there are a number of ways to start celebrating the day that honors the patron saint of Ireland. 


The Grand Rapids St. Patrick's Day parade begins at 11 a.m. downtown.

Irish on Ionia

For the fifth year in a row, Irish on Ionia is back from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. downtown.

The party, hosted by McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, will stretch downtown from Oakes to Fulton and Weston to Commerce.

About 20,000 people are expected to show up throughout the day.

The event will feature a range of entertainment: DJ Kung, Paddy’s Cure, Jason Veeder, Ardan Academy of Irish Dance, DJ O2, The Tosspints, Jenny Disko, The Waxies and Sean Boney.

Irish on Ionia Uber riders will ride for free with the code UBERIOI.

Tickets are available for $15 at the gates until they run out.

Lakeshore breakfast

Saugatuck Brewing Co. is hosting its 4th-annual Irish Breakfast from 8:30-10:30 a.m.

Limited tickets for the full Irish buffet are available at the pub or by calling (269) 857-7222.

Tickets are $17 and include the first beverage of the day.

The band Soltre will also play the Saugatuck taproom from 6-10 p.m.

A top beer

Founders Brewing Co. will host its taproom release of its coveted KBS all day, beginning at 11 a.m.

The full day is no cover and for ages 21 and up.

Music will begin at 7 p.m. with Mat Churchill & The Backyard Town and The Tosspints.

Pancakes and beer

The B.O.B. will host a pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. with $5 heading to Pets for Vets.

Various beers from B.O.B.’s Brewery will be on tap, such as Peanut Butter Porter and the Irish Car Bomb Stout, a stout infused with Irish whiskey and Irish crème. Guinness will also be pouring at The B.O.B.

Music will be provided from 3 p.m. to close by Dave O’Neil, The Saltbound Band, Dueling Pianos and Hip Pocket.

Rockford party

Rockford Brewing Co. will feature music from An Dro and The Waxies.

Three special beers will be on tap for the day, including O’Brien’s Irish Red, Sheehan’s Irish Stout and Cernnunos, a wee-heavy Scotch ale. 

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