St. Patrick’s Day seems to be a holiday that just about everyone enjoys celebrating, either because they have Irish blood in them or they just appreciate a good party. The festivities available to Southern Nevadans on March 17 run the gamut of parades, Irish dancing, bagpipes, sporting events and specials on whiskey and beer. Here’s just a sip what our city has to offer to celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday.
If you’re an early riser and a U.K. sports fanatic, you can kick off the holiday at 7:45 a.m. with a live viewing of the Six Nations rugby match between England and Ireland at Rí Rá in Mandalay Place. Stick around for the rest of the day and you can experience traditional Irish dancers and bagpipers mingling with the crowd. Live Irish bands, including The Black Donnellys, The Crooked Jacks and Craic Haus (known as the pioneers of “Shamrockabilly”), begin performing at noon and continue throughout the night, during which Rí Rá will offer a menu of traditional Irish dishes, including fish and chips, whiskey-glazed salmon, beef and Guinness stew, and chicken boxty.
If beer is your way to party, head Downtown, where you’ll have your choice of two back-to-back, all-you-can-drink festivals. The Sham-Rock the Park Beer Festival from 3-6 p.m. at Downtown Container Park will pair all-you-can-drink craft beer with food available for purchase from Container Park’s restaurants and live entertainment by local ’90s cover band Empire Records. Tickets are $15 online or $20 at the door. If you still haven’t had your fill, immediately following is The Vegas Beer & Music Festival: St. Paddy’s Day Edition at the Downtown Events Center and Backstage Bar & Billiards from 6-10 p.m., which will showcase live music from Offspring cover band Pop Punk Mayhem and DJ ParaDice, along with more than 70 craft beer selections. Tickets are $35 for 7 p.m. admission or $50 for VIP access at 6 p.m.
New York–New York Hotel & Casino loves a parade and will begin its celebration a day early, as its ninth annual Celtic Feis will kick off on Friday, March 16, at 4 p.m. with a parade starting at the Bliss Dance sculpture at The Park and continuing to and through New York–New York. It culminates in a themed flash mob composed of the resort’s employees on the Brooklyn Bridge. The revelry continues with a party at 7 p.m. The next day, the Las Vegas Pipe Band will lead a march beginning on the mezzanine at 10:30 a.m. and continuing through New York–New York, followed by a party with live entertainment at 11 a.m. on the Brooklyn Bridge with stilt performers, Irish bands and leprechauns. Admission to the parties begins at $10; VIP packages, which include open bar and access to a reserved VIP area, start at $100. Throughout the two-day bash, Nine Fine Irishmen will serve traditional Irish fare including beer ’n’ cheese dip, shepherd’s pie, Irish bangers, and corned beef and cabbage.
On the other side of the Strip, the annual O’Sheas BLOQ Party at the LINQ will center around the Irish-themed O’Sheas Casino, which hosts live entertainment and offers drink specials until 3 a.m. Activities include a bagpiper band roaming the Promenade beginning at 9 a.m.; a boisterous parade at noon with an Irish dance troupe, bagpipers, leprechauns and stilt walkers; and, of course, the High Roller observation wheel will be lit up green beginning at sunset. Irish-themed cocktails and dishes will be served at Promenade restaurants including the Tilted Kilt, Flour & Barley, Yard House and Off the Strip to help put (and keep) everyone in the party mood.
Who doesn’t love capping a party with fireworks? The Plaza Hotel & Casino will host a party that will overtake its iconic dome entrance starting at 7 p.m. and culminate with a green fireworks show shot from multiple locations on the property at 10 p.m. The free party will feature drink specials including $4 green beer, $5 Irish Mules, $15 Guinness beer buckets (six cans), $3 Jameson Irish Whiskey shots, $6 Guinness and Jameson boilermakers and $15 yard cocktails.
Sláinte, and here’s wishing everyone a safe, healthful and festive St. Patrick’s Day.