5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Cincy

While Cincinnati may be a proudly German city, we also sport some serious Irish pride! From parades to shepherd’s pies, there’s no shortage of love for Ireland here in the Queen City.

So we did our homework and compiled the top 5  kid-friendly ways to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day this year.

All March long, there are lots of opportunities for you and your little leprechauns to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!

1. Make a Shamrock — or Rainbow — at Brazee Street Studios

It’s no secret we love Brazee Street Studios, and there are some really fun, St. Patrick’s themed activities on their calendar! For kids 6 and up, check out the Glass Shamrock class this Saturday, March 12 at 10 a.m. Kids get to create their own glass shamrock tile using colorful glass parts and pieces.

Older kids (10+), meanwhile, can create the elusive end o’ the rainbow at Brazee’s Glass Rainbow class on Saturday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m. In this special session, students will work with colorful transparent and opaque glass pieces to design and create their own standing glass rainbows!

2. Attend the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Every year, Cincinnatians can celebrate the life of one of Ireland’s favorite Saints in the annual St. Parick’s Day Parade! The parade begins at Mehring Way & Central Avenue. (corner of Paul Brown Stadium) on Saturday, March 12 at 12 p.m. Wear your green and march for Ireland!

3. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Library

There are lots of (free) holiday-themed events happening at library branches all March long. Here are a few:

  • Design a St. Patty’s Day wreaths at the Hyde Park Branch on March 15
  • Decorate cookies at the Pleasant Ridge Branch on March 15
  • Head to the Campbell County’s Cold Spring Branch on March 17 for a St. Patrick’s Day party!

Whatever you do, be sure to head to the Main Library on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Song and Dance, which features authentic Irish music and dancers!

4. Enjoy Irish Cuisine

Here in Cincinnati, there are lots of places to get your fish n’ chips (or shepherd’s pie). From Hap’s to Obryons to Molly Malone’s, you can enjoy delicious Irish fare all year long! Most of these places also offer kid-friendly items like chicken fingers and mac n’ cheese — so there’s something for even the pickiest of palates.

5. Go Green

Ok — so this last option isn’t specifically “St. Patrick’s Day.” However; here in Cincinnati, there’s no better way to “go green” than Park + Vine. This vegan general store sells eco-friendly cleaning supplies, baby gear, vegetarian pantry staples and even organic, Ohio pride apparel! While you’re there, stay for lunch — P+V’s Apple Cheddar Grilled Cheeze is to daiya for!

So grab your crew and celebrate St. Patrick! Be sure to share your pics with us on Instagram (@cincyparent) — and wear your green to avoid any naughty leprechaun pinches!

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