Columbus, Dublin Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Central Ohio offers several ways to recognize your Irish heritage, or at least enjoy some family fun to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Columbus’ annual Downtown St. Patrick’s Day parade will step off at 11:30 a.m. March 17 on East Naughten Street between North Fifth Street and North Grant Avenue. It will proceed east to Grant Avenue, then head south to Broad Street. After turning west on Broad, the procession will head to High Street, turn north and end at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. For more information, go to shamrockclubofcolumbus.com.

 Dublin will roll out its annual celebration of all things Irish on March 18, starting with a pancake breakfast at 7 a.m. at Sells Middle School, 150 W. Bridge St., Dublin 43017. The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for ages 12 and younger. 

The 90-minute Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Parade begins at 11 a.m. It travels from Metro Place turning north onto Frantz Road, east on Bridge Street, then continues south on High Street ending at Waterford Drive. The parade covers approximately 1 mile. A balloon inflation celebration starts at 9 a.m. For details, visit dublinohiousa.gov/events/st-patricks-day-parade.

The Blarney Bash follows the parade and runs to 11 p.m. at Crowford Hoying, 555 Metro Place N. The Wee Folk Area offers games, crafts and other activities from noon to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free.

At 3 p.m. March 18, Irish dancers will perform at the Dublin Branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library, 75 N. High St. The all-ages program is free.