It’s that time of year again Wilmington, DE! Time to celebrate your Irish heritage whether you’re a wee bit Irish, a-lot-a-bit Irish or just Irish for the day- we’ve got your guide to safely celebrating St. Paddy’s Day! So, bust out your leprechaun’s best, grab that green food die and practice that accent because we’re ready!
Thursday, March 8th
It’s too late to register for this now since the deadline was February 28th but we wanted to include it to make sure to get it on everyone’s radar for next year! If you’re headed to Catherine Rooney’s tomorrow be sure to take some pictures and use #WilmToday! This is a great event consisting of a social hour from 6-7 pm an Irish themed dinner, drinks, and musical entertainment!
Saturday, March 10th
WHAT: Wilmington’s 43rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
WHEN: Saturday, March 10, noon
WHERE: The parade begins at Fourth and King streets and heads north on King Street. It ends at 14th and King streets.
To be clear, no this Saturday, March 10th is NOT actually St. Patrick’s Day and yes, NEXT Saturday, March 17th-actually is but be it as it may, the parade is definitely the 10th. Besides, this just gives you a reason to celebrate twice.
If you’re a Wilmington, DE native you should know, this has been the case for the past 43 years. The parade is always the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, even on years (like this year) when the actual holiday falls on the weekend. This is due to the Irish Culture Club of Delaware’s (ICCD) high urge to allow members and the general public the option to celebrate the holiday on their own accord on the actual day, whether it be through events taking place elsewhere, like Boston or New York, or just a small gathering in their own home.
The After-the-Parade After-Party!
That’s Right, after the parade there’s the after the parade, after-party! The ICCD will be hosting the “Post-Parade Hooley Celebration” from noon to 4:00 pm which will take place in a large tent located close to 14th & King St. If you have never been, be sure you are dressed in layers, have comfortable boots on that could get wet and are ready for a party!
After the after-party, you should probably take a nap because after that is the main event… The St. Paddy’s Day LOOP hosted by Out and About! For anyone attending Wilmington’s City Loops especially this one here’s some things you should know:
- People do wear “costumes” so feel free to get in leprechaun character.
- Get there early. Lines start before 10pm.
- Get a wristband at the first place you go to and avoid any additional cover charges.
- There actually is no longer “Shamrock Shuttle” because there will now be discounts on Lyft rides for those attending any loop-affiliated bar. Simply lyft from bar to bar. (Most are in walking distances)
Participating location for the loop are:
Wilmington is guaranteed to take on a life of its own following the parade as just about every restaurant, bar, tavern- you name it will be packed! You can even stroll along the Riverfront walk to see the beautiful sights along the water. There’s no doubt Wilmington is the place to be this weekend as loops bring fun, excitement and all your friends to #WilmToday -so don’t forget to show us!!
For those who aren’t lucky enough to live right here and are planning on driving to Wilmington but getting transportation home – no need to worry about getting towed! Feel totally comforted by the fact that you can leave your car at the”Last Call Lot” provided by the city. These lots are offering free overnight parking until noon the next day and are located at the Riverfront Commuter Lot (Justison St., across from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant) and Wilm. Parking Authority Surface Lot (Downtown, 8th& Orange streets). This is a complimentary service. You will not receive a parking ticket or be towed. DO NOT DRINK & DRIVE!
Thursday, March 15
This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the annual dinner and communion breakfast held by the St. Patrick’s Day Society to benefit the city’s St. Patrick’s Center, which feeds the less fortunate across the East Side. This is a fun-filled night beginning at 5:30 celebrating St. Patrick’s mission, thanking their donors, sponsors, and friends for their support and takes place at Elizabeth’s Catholic Church. Check the link above for details.
Stay safe this St. Patricks Day! Have a bit of fun and spread the Luck of the Irish, will ya?! Make sure to post your pictures of the parade, the parties, the loops and all of your green fun with #WilmToday on social media!