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    St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations abound in Des Moines

    It’s March and in Des Moines that means 3 things: state basketball tournaments, Spring is potentially here and most importantly, St. Patrick’s Day.

    This year we’ve compiled some quick and easy information for you, so you can make the most of the lucky day.

    Photo Credit: Des Moines Metromix

    No holiday is complete without a parade, and this one is no different. The annual Son’s of St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off in Downtown Des Moines at Noon. The Parade begins at 15th and Locust and will proceed east to Embassy Suites at 101 East Locust for a reception/party.

    If you want to start your celebrating before the parade, the Des Moines Social Club will be having a party from 8am to Noon, their celebration includes the live band: McKenzie Islanders Pipes & Drums, $2 Green Beers, Guiness & traditional Irish drinks.

    Of course, pubs and bars across the city will also be having their own parties, both before and after the parade. Take a look at Des Moines Metromix for a list of what will be going on.

    If you’re looking for something more family friendly, the State Historical Museum, located in the East Village, is putting on it’s 3rd annual Irish Fest from 1-4pm. You and your little ones can listen to original Irish and Scottish music from Four Shillings Short and the MacKenzie Highlanders Pipes and Drums, catch some traditional Irish dancing starring the Foy School of Traditional Irish Dance. And there will also be Irish crafts and arts for children, body art and much more.

    So, whether you’re looking to celebrate the day in full Irish spirit, just want to learn more about the history or St. Patrick’s Day, or you just want an excuse to enjoy the Spring weather. There will most definitely be something going for you to enjoy.

    And of course, don’t forget to wear your Green!

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