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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.

2019 Parade Week Events

DENVER ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE

WHEN: March 16, 2019
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 Avenue 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.

CHANGING OF THE SIGNS CEREMONY

WHEN: March 14, 2019
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. It takes place at 5 p.m.

More St. Patrick's Day-Related Events

Saint Patrick’s Brew Run

WHEN: March 16, 2019
WHERE: Littleton 

Join Rocky Mountain BrewRuns for a social fun run along the beautiful Platte River trail. Celebrate with an ice cold brew, Irish food trucks and Beer Olympics games. The event is dog and stroller friendly. 

St. Paddy's Day Kegs and Eggs

WHEN: March 16, 2019
WHERE: The Pig & The Sprout 

Dine on a breakfast buffet of green eggs and ham as well as other specialties starting at 7 a.m. Or swing by for lunch and try the corned beef and cabbage special. A live band, The Bare Naked Leprechauns, will be playing.  

St. Paddy's at Improper City

WHEN: March 16, 2019
WHERE: Improper City  

Join the patio party, beginning at 11 a.m., with Irish-themed drinks and a food truck menu. Improper City has arranged for free transportation to help you get home or to your next destination safely. 

St. Patrick's Day Party

WHEN: March 16, 2019
WHERE: Howl at the Moon

Party it up with green beers, car bombs and Jameson shots.

Runnin' of the Green

WHEN: March 17, 2019
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 8 a.m. and the race starting at 10:15 a.m.

 

Irish Pubs 

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 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! 

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