Irish eyes will have plenty to smile about this weekend with a full slate of green-themed events.
Irish Street Fest/Grogg March
Wee ones can enjoy Irish music, dance, and games at the Fifth Annual Irish Street Fest and Grogg March at noon March 17 at HarborWalk Village in Destin. After dark, “Sham-Rock” through HarborWalk Village where each venue will entertain with music and games.
Starting at noon on Sunday, the fun begins on the harbor for leprechauns of all ages. Face painting, jugglers and entertainment will be provided by the Emerald Coast Irish Dancers. For those interested, Emerald Coast Irish Dancers will also offer Irish dancing lessons throughout the afternoon.
The Kitty Hawk Kites will host an Irish-themed "Patty-Paddle" through the harbor. Costumes are encouraged for this stand-up paddle event — the greener the better to ensure you don't get pinched!
At 4 p.m. meet at the west end of the stage for the start of the "Grogg March" where you'll get your St. Patrick's Day passport. Make sure to get your passport stamped at all of the stops along the way for your change to win a prize at the end. Green beer will be on tap, and drink specials will be the order of the day.
There’s plenty of other ways to make your own luck this St. Patrick’s Day — in and around Destin.
McGuire’s Irish Pub in Destin
McGuire's will have multiple live musical acts and bagpipers too. Green beer will flow from the kegs and, of course, there’s always the Irish Wake! Bring a dollar to leave a memory on the wall or ceiling. Don’t forget to kiss the moose on your way out!
St. Patrick’s Parade, Festival
The Sixth Annual 30A St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival is slated for March 16, heralding the return of the Irish Music band Mithril. The parade expects more than 50 floats and parade entries, in all shapes and sizes. Parade lineup begins at 3 p.m. just east of Big Redfish Lake and heads 4 miles west, ending at Gulf Place.
Mithril headlines the entertainment that follows at Gulf Place with the Drake School of Irish Dance.
Festival goers can purchase commemorative T-shirts, experience arts and crafts, including jewelry, wood carving, face painting, and a variety of food and drinks.
St. Paddy's Day Delight
Celebrate the luck of the Irish from 6-9 p.m. March 17 at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Henri's Notions will provide traditional Celtic music in the Events Plaza and don't miss a one of a kind performance by the Drake Irish Dancers.