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Event: St. Patrick's Day Celebrations Downtown

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By Emmi MacIntyre
CityBeat

St. Patrick's' Day could be one of the most underrated holidays of the year. First of all, you get an excuse to drink as much beer as you want … perfect. Then, you can fake an accent the entire day and no one — I say NO ONE, lad!! — can stop you.

And, if that's not enough, Cincinnatians and Northern Kentuckians are soon to be feelin' extra lucky. They have the opportunity to enjoy two days of nonstop fun at the Cincinnati St. Patty's Day Parade on Saturday as well as The St. Patty's Celebration in Washington Park and right across the river on Mainstrasse Sunday.

At the parade, starting promptly at noon (in rain or shine … or snow), observers can expect to see floats, pipers, step dancers, Irish families and marching bands all throughout downtown.

Then on Sunday at the park, you can participate in some true Irish traditions from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Some of these activities include a variety of Irish dance companies like the McGing Irish Dancers and the Celtic Rhythm Dancers.

Also this weekend on Mainstrasse in Covington, Two tent parties and 15 venues within walking distance, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday.

Parade begins at Eggleston & Reedy with honorary Grand Marshal, Nick Clooney. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, washingtonpark.org , cincystpatsparade.com .

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