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St. Patrick’s Day is on March 17, 2016, but now is the time to start planning your festivities for this fun holiday that always attracts a crowd in Pittsburgh. Whether you’re of Irish heritage or Irish just for the day, there’s plenty of ways to get in touch with your inner leprechaun. Perhaps a parade with the family sounds fun or maybe a night on the town drinking your favorite green beer with friends; whatever you plan for St. Patrick’s Day, you can always count on a memorable celebration! Check out these five events and parties considered the best by Irish Pittsburghers.

2016 Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Intersection of Liberty Ave. and 11th St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 953-837
www.pittsburghirish.org

Date: March 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.

A favorite St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Pittsburgh is the unrivaled Pittsburgh St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This jam-packed event is sure to be well-attended, thanks to its incredible history and continuation of beautiful floats, eye-catching Irish groups and marching bands and the arrival of Miss Smiling Irish Eyes Of Pittsburgh. This annual parade is the region’s largest gathering of Pittsburgh’s Irish community.

Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle
2329 Penn Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 642-6622
www.harpandfiddle.com

Date: March 10, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Start your St. Patrick’s Day partying a week early at Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle. On Thursday, Mar. 10, enjoy a reenactment and stage production of the song “Finnegan’s Wake” as well as coffin with a living corpse. Reservations are required for this event, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Additional parties, including St. Paddy’s Day parade celebrations on Saturday, Mar. 12 and traditional St. Paddy’s Day shenanigans on Thursday, Mar. 17 are also on the calendar. Mullaney’s Harp & Fiddle is located on Penn Avenue in the city’s Strip District area.

Kegs N Eggs
Buckhead Saloon
225 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
(412) 232-3101
www.buckheadpittsburgh.com

Date: March 12, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

Buckhead Saloon has been a longstanding favorite for St. Patrick’s Day partyers looking for good food, great beer, and loads of green-themed festivities. This year, this Station Square restaurant/bar will host its Kegs N Eggs event on Saturday, Mar. 12 with St. Patrick’s Day fun from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sing and dance to rock music from Pittsburgh’s own The Lava Game and Buckhead Saloon’s house DJ. Arrive early for your chance to win giveaways and game prizes throughout the day. Admission ranges from $5 per ticket for general admission to $350 per ticket for VIP sessions.

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It’s My St. Patrick’s Day Party And I’ll Die If I Want To
Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant
1617 Banksville Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15216
(412) 343-6640
www.mysterypittsburgh.com

Date: March 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Mystery Theatre Pittsburgh invites you to attend its fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day murder mystery dinner on Saturday, Mar. 19 at Gaetano’s Banquet Center & Restaurant. Feast on a hearty buffet meal of sausage and meatballs, pasta marinara, chicken Florentine, tossed salad, green beans and parsley potatoes as the restaurant transforms into the setting of the company’s performance of “It’s My St. Patrick’s Day Party and I’ll Die If I Want To!” See what unfolds as the Mystery Theatre Pittsburgh actors present a St. Patrick’s Day-themed dinner show that ends with a deadly surprise. Tickets to “It’s My St. Patrick’s Day Party and I’ll Die If I Want To!” are available for $40.56 per ticket.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration: Cooking With Guinness
Robinson Market District
100 Settlers Ridge Center Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
(412) 788-5392
www.marketdistrict.com

Date: March 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

No St. Patrick’s Day celebration is complete without delicious Irish food and, of course, plenty of beer. At Giant Eagle’s Robinson Market District location, you’ll combine the two as you roll up your sleeves for its hands-on cooking school party focused around cooking with Guinness. Learn from the Market District’s excellent cooking school staff as they teach you to whip up easy and tasty traditional Irish entrées. Don’t forget about dessert, Guinness cupcakes that pair well with the party’s theme drink called a Leprechaun mojito. This three-hour cooking celebration runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Robinson Market District, located in the Settlers Ridge shopping center. Individual tickets are still available at $50 per ticket.

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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.