Daylong Dublin event features family fun

If you’re looking to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your little leprechauns, head to Dublin. But make sure you’re early—as in an entire week. The city is holding its annual celebration, which includes a pancake breakfast, parade and more, on March 10. 

The Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Celebration starts at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at Sells Middle School, 150 W. Bridge St. The flapjacks come shamrock-shaped and the maple syrup is green. 

From there, head to the “Inflation Celebration,” where parade-goers can watch as the giant balloons are filled with helium. Balloon artists will help entertain children as they watch the parade preparations. The event takes place at 9:30 a.m. at Graeter’s Ice Cream, 6255 Frantz Road.

The parade starts at 11 a.m. and always includes marching bands, equestrian groups, Irish dancers and bagpipers. The mile-long route runs from Metro Center through Historic Dublin.

The celebration wraps up with the Blarney Bash, which runs from noon to 11 p.m. at 555 Metro Place N. The bash includes Irish dancing, music, games, magic acts and more family fun. Children’s activities run until 3 p.m. Admission is $10 per person for ages 13 and older ($8 in advance), free for children 12 and younger.

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