It’s all green: St. Patrick’s Day

Parades. Public houses. Partying. All will be on tap — awash in green — this weekend as St. Patrick’s Day paints central Arkansas the color of the Emerald Isle, but hopefully, with less rain.
Parades. Public houses. Partying. All will be on tap — awash in green — this weekend as St. Patrick’s Day paints central Arkansas the color of the Emerald Isle, but hopefully, with less rain.
Mar 12
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Going green for Saint Patrick comes a day earlier this year with the Irish Cultural Society of Arkansas’ 14th annual Rock to North Little Rock St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday.

The parade starts at 1 p.m. Saturday a block behind Dugan’s Pub at the intersection of Rock and East Fourth streets in downtown Little Rock before passing through the River Market, over the Main Street Bridge, into Argenta (and right past Cregeen’s Irish Pub) and ending at the corner of Sixth and North Main streets. The parade includes headliners such as Celtic punk rock band Dead Celt Society, the Lyon College Pipe Band, the Prince Street Bagpipe Band, Peg Roach Loyd, the McCafferty School of Irish Dance, the O’Donovan School of Irish Dance and Reflejos Mexicanos Ballet Folklorico. Throw in clowns, antique cars, decorative floats and much more.

The parade ends around 2 p.m., and Dancing at the Crossroads kicks off at Fourth and Main streets in North Little Rock. The event features live music and traditional Irish dance performances, and ends at 4 p.m. The parade and events are free, but parade participants and spectators are asked to bring at least one canned or nonperishable food item that will be donated to the Arkansas Rice Depot.

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t finished in Argenta on Saturday though, with Cregeen’s presenting Little Rock blues and R&B singer and guitarist Lucious Spiller starting at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover, and Cornerstone Pub has Se7en Sharp.

And after the parade leaves, the party continues in downtown Little Rock on Saturday with the 3rd Street Merchants Association throwing its third annual St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. The free party includes arts and crafts, food and beer vendors along with a performance by the Little Rock Pipe and Drum Corp. The party is 2-10 p.m. Dugan’s will present Irish rock outfit Carnie Barker’s from 5:30-9:30 p.m. with no cover. The block party continues Sunday as well from noon until 10 p.m. with more food and music.

And Sunday night at Cregeen’s, the pub presents Jeff Coleman and the Feeders. The music starts at 8 p.m. with a $5 cover.

Elsewhere in town, Hibernia Irish Tavern is throwing its own St. Patrick’s Day party. And, on Saturday, The Afterthought presents traditional Irish folk band The Royal Celts at 9 p.m. with a $7 cover.

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