Getting to be that season again

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008 | Uncategorized

St. Pat’s is coming up (And quickly. When did it get to be the end of February already??), which means all manner of Irish activity can be found around town these days. So for those of you in the Milwaukee area, here are some helpful suggestions to aid in your planning.

For those of you who want to get an early jump on the festivities, make sure you check out the Emerald Society’s Brendan Heart Fund Benefit at Derry’s, Sunday from 1-6pm. For a mere $6, you get entertainment from Blarney, Atlantic Wave, The Glencastle Irish Dancers, Greater Milwaukee Fire and Police Pipes & Drums and the Shamrock Club Pipes & Drums. Proceeds from the event benefit the cardiac care unit at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. For the price of a pint and a tip, you get all that entertainment and you get to help little kids. How can you lose?

If your main interest in St. Patrick’s Day — other than drinking on the day itself — is the parade, then here’s what you’ll need to know for that.

Milwaukee has two St. Pat’s parades. (Don’t ask. It’s kind of a long story.) Both are on Saturday, March 8. The big one is the Shamrock Club St. Patrick’s Day Parade downtown. It steps off at noon at 3rd St. and Wisconsin Ave. The other parade is at 3:30pm out on Blue Mound Rd., from 68th St. down to 51st St.

There are also plenty of other events the weekend of the parades, including lunchtime events at Grand Ave. Mall from 11:30am-1pm on March 5-8; the ShamROCK event at Miller Time Pub in the Hilton from 5:30-11pm on March 7; and the Shamrock Club’s post-parade party at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center from 1-6pm on March 8. (Always a good time. And no, Brian, that doesn’t mean I want to organize that event again. Good try, though.)

Like last year, around 100 members of the NYPD will be joining the parade here, so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the NYPD Bachelor Auction at Rock Bottom Brewery on Thursday, March 6. Fifteen officers will be auctioned off, with proceeds helping to fund the parade. Doors open at 8pm. Auction begins at 9pm. Cover is $5.

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