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Denver is the place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with one of the largest parades in the country. Go green and bring the whole family or hang out at a pub for an authentic Irish cultural experience.

2017 Parade Week Events

DENVER ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

WHEN: March 11, 2017
WHERE: Downtown Denver

The Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade is a festive and fun event for all ages that celebrates Irish culture and heralds the start of spring. It's one of the largest St. Patty's day parades west of the Mississippi, and the largest annual parade in Denver, with more than 200,000 people lining the route to enjoy horses and stagecoaches, marching bands, dancers, floats and Irish-themed fun with a Western flair. To catch all the action, the best spectating spot is south of 20th Ave. on Blake Street (renamed Tooley Street for the parade). This area tends to be crowded, so the best place for families to watch the parade is near the end, on Blake Street from 23rd to 27th avenues. The parade starts at 9:30 a.m., but folks come as early as 6 a.m. to stake out a spot.

PROCLAMATION CEREMONY

WHEN: March 6, 2017
WHERE: Denver City & County Building

The City and County of Denver will issue a proclamation for the Parade during a regular council sessions. The lighting of the Denver City & County Building to green will also take place. 12 pm

CHANGING OF THE SIGN CEREMONY

WHEN: March 9, 2017
WHERE: 20th and Blake

At the corner of 20th and Blake, the City of Denver will rename Blake Street "Tooley" Street, for a short time, in honor of the late Dale Tooley — longtime Denver District Attorney, one-time mayoral candidate and full-time Irishman. This usually takes place between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

More St. Patrick's Day Related Events

Runnin' of the Green

WHEN: March 12, 2017
WHERE: 17th and Wazee

Running of the Green is a family-oriented foot race/walk that is centered around the Irish celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day and springtime. The race benefits Volunteers of America. There is a 7K run/walk race, a 7K challenged athlete race and a 2.2-mile un-timed run/walk. The event starts at 17th and Wazee in Denver's historic LoDo (Lower Downtown) in front of Union Station, with registration open at 7am and the race starting at 10:15am.

Keggs and Eggs

WHEN: March 17, 2017
WHERE: Blake Street Tavern

This annual live music event, hosted by local radio station Channel 93.3, is favorite of die-hard music fans each year. It kicks off early in the morning — at 7 a.m. — with green beer, whiskey and rock performances on tap right from the get-go. The lineup for 2017 includes American Authors, Bishop Briggs and Bryce Fox. The event is free and open to ages 21 and over.

Irish Pubs 

FADÓ IRISH PUB DENVER

Fadó (pronounced f'doe) is the Irish expression meaning "long ago". The term, commonly used as the preface of old Irish stories, has become the name of one of Denver's most popular pubs, located just a stone's throw from Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies in Lower Downtown (LoDo). At Fadó, you'll find hospitable surroundings, good food and good drink, and friendly conversation — in other words, what the Irish call "craic." In 2017, Fadó's will host a St. Patty's celebration (date TBD), with food trucks, live music and Irish dancers.

DON'T MISS: Fadó holds a popular Pub Quiz every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. Put on your thinking cap, order a pint and join in on the fun!

TILTED KILT PUB & EATERY 

Tilted Kilt is a sports pub that brings classic Celtic decor, big screen TVs, 24 beers on tap and attractive servers all under one roof. The 16th Street Mall location offers patio dining and a large, two-level bar. While paying homage to traditional pub fare, the Kilt also offers burgers, wings and other contemporary food and drinks. For St. Patrick's Day, ask about special tastings, whiskey specials and check their calendar for more info.

DON'T MISS: The Tilted Kilt's Irish Nachos are a guilty pleasure: fresh-cooked crispy potato chips covered with seasoned ground beef, cheese sauce and tomatoes.

SCRUFFY MURPHY'S IRISH PUB

Scruffy Murphy's is easily one of the most authentic slices of the Emerald Isle you'll find in Denver. Just minutes away from Coors Field, Scruffy's is the perfect place to grab a pint or enjoy some traditional Irish pub fare — shepherd's pie, bangers and mash and more.

DON'T MISS: Thursday through Saturday, Scruffy's hosts musical acts, from DJs spinning to rock bands shaking the stage.

MY BROTHER'S BAR

My Brother's Bar is a Mile High City institution known for its Beat Generation clientele — this was the watering hole of choice for renowned Beats Jack Kerouac and Neal Cassady in the 1950s. Today, not much has changed at My Brother's Bar — you can still get a pint and a burger for under $10 and enjoy one of the city's coolest spots. 

DON'T MISS: The sunny patio, tucked around the back of My Brother's.

THE IRISH ROVER

Amidst the dive-y rock clubs and indie boutiques of South Broadway, you'll encounter the Irish Rover, a relaxed and friendly pub. Enjoy a pint or two, chat with the locals, sit by the fireplace or on your high stool at the bar. International sports fans love the Rover for its six large televisions, broadcasting rousing football games (European-style, of course).

DON'T MISS: The Irish Rover's huge rooftop patio. One of the best places to get above it all in Denver. 

PINTS PUB

While there are plenty of Irish pubs in Denver, the city also has a fantastic British-style joint in Pints Pub, located just down the street from the Denver Art Museum. At Pints, you'll find the charm and personality of the "local," a place that serves as a crossroads for society, where good beer, good food and good conversation are on the bill.

DON'T MISS: The extensive selection of single malt whisky — the menu is 16 pages long!