Since going green is hip these days, it’s time to prepare for the hippest holiday of all, St. Patrick’s Day.
Green beer will be flowing from taps in bars and restaurants Irish all year-round or just for the day. And of course, the annual SaPaDaPaSo parade will form a green conga line around downtown Cedar Rapids to put everyone in a festive mood.
There are so many places to celebrate the Wearin’ ’o the Green, here’s more to help you plot your course of action for the day when everyone’s Irish, by birth or by blarney.
Saturday, March 12
For more than 25 years, this colleen chanteuse sold out New York’s Carnegie Hall with her St. Patrick’s Day concerts. This year, she’s bringing her stories and songs to the Englert in Iowa City. She was hailed for bridging Irish and American traditions when given the 2009 Lolo Sarnoff Award for Outstanding Vision and Creativity.
8 p.m. Saturday (3/12), Englert Theatre, 221 E. Washington St., Iowa City; $25 at the Englert Box Office, (319) 688-2653 or www.englert.org. Artist’s site: www.carmelquinn.net
A drinking journey
Sunday, March 13
A 5k? Between bars? Don’t think of it as a run. The Bar2Bar is really more like a fast walk through the Irish district in Cedar Rapids from Mahoney’s to Paddy O’Rourkes to JM O’Malley’s to the Homeport to Jule’s to the Green Gable Inn and back again. The motto: “social drinkers with a running problem,” says it all. The free race isn’t sanctioned. Organizers just ask that you bring cash, drinking toasts and Irish spirit. Slainte!
1 p.m., Sunday, Cabinet Studio parking lot, H Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, Free, www.Bar2bar.org or Facebook “Bar 2 Bar 5K”
We love a parade
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
SaPaDaPaSo’s 36th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Cedar Rapids features floats, vehicles, musicians, families, clubs, kids and animals, all sporting Irish themes, making merry and leaving mirth in their wake. An awards ceremony and post-parade festivities, including food and an all-ages performance by Glenn Lonsdale and Carlis Faurot, will be at 3rd Street Saloon, above the Chrome Horse Saloon.
St. Patrick’s Day parade
1 to 3 p.m. March 17, downtown Cedar Rapids; all-ages awards ceremonies, music, food and festivities immediately afterward, 3rd Street Saloon, 1202 1/2 Third St. SE, free admission; www.sapadapaso.org
The Corridor’s own kilt-wearin’ Celtic band will keep the party going at 3rd Street Saloon, striking up their pipes at 7 p.m. Bodhran and dumbek keep the beat, while guitars, bass, mandolin, accordion and voices round out the mix on ancient and new tunes. Don’t even think of taking this band sitting down. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready to rock ’n’ reel.
7 to 11 p.m. March 17, 3rd Street Saloon, 1202 1/2 Third St. SE, Cedar Rapids; $10; www.chromehorsesaloon.net or www.wyldenept.com
St. Patrick’s Day Massacre VIII
A wall of fame is waiting for the hardiest of souls who tip their hats at the Iowa City Yacht Club from 7 a.m. March 17 to 2 a.m. March 18, during the venue’s St. Patrick’s Day Massacre VIII. The lineup includes The Trollies, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.; Nebula Was, 4:45 to 5:45 p.m., Mayflies, 6 to 7 p.m.; Ryan Persinger, 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.; White Tornado, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Uniphonics, 9:45 to 10:45 p.m.; Mad Monks, 11 p.m. to midnight; and 5 in a Hand, 12:15 to 1:45 a.m.
St. Patrick’s Day Massacre VIII
7 a.m. March 17 to 2 a.m. March 18, Iowa City Yacht Club, 13 S. Linn St., Iowa City, $5, www.iowacityyachtclub.org
In a special St. Patrick’s Day Preschool Power Hour, little learners can head to the Science Station in Lindale Mall to discover how rainbows are formed, whether a pot of gold really sits at the end of every rainbow and the true identity of Roy G. Biv.
St. Patrick’s DayPreschool Power Hour
10 to 11 a.m. March 17, Science Station, Lindale Mall, 4444 First Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids; free with paid gallery admission of $3 ages 2 and up or $12 family rate; www.sciencestation.org