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 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.
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 session. The lighting of the Denver City & County Building to green will also take place. The session is scheduled to begin at noon.
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.
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.
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!