Get Your Irish Up in Naples, Florida!

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be ever at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face…

 

 

Well, we know it will in Naples, Florida. That’s a blessing we love to share! If chasing leprechauns and raising your glass over and over to a long procession of Irish toasts is your idea of a good time, you’ll be rolling in clover this St. Patrick’s Day season in Naples.

 

39th Annual Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m.

With more than 100 entries, this annual event is the largest privately-funded parade in Florida, attracting some 40,000 people to Downtown Naples to celebratethe wearing of the green.

“We are a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization — a group of volunteers raising money to pay for the parade and support local high school bands and scholarship programs,” said

Kim Heaslip, president of Naples St. Patrick Foundation, adding no funding comes from the city, county, or the state.

“We are looking forward to the dozen or so local high school bands,” Heaslip said. “And also the iconic Wells Fargo Stagecoach is coming to town with six beautiful horses pulling it through the streets of downtown Naples.”

 

Flag Raising Ceremony – March 14 from 9:30 – 10 a.m.

This is a free event. This 20th Annual Flag Raising will take place the morning of the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade and will be held at The Dock Restaurant at Crayton Cove. This traditional and moving color guard ceremony honors military veterans and first responders. Free coffee and pastries will be served.

 

May the winds of fortune sail you,

May you sail a gentle sea.

May it always be the other guy who says,

“This drink’s on me!”

 

Annual Pub Trolley Crawl – Friday, March 6 from 5 to 10 p.m.

If you can’t walk, crawl. If you can’t crawl, then roll! This pub crawl is a highly anticipated good time, so popular that tickets sell out fast. Good food, good brews, bagpipes, and a safe ride to get you there – sounds like a party in Paradise! Street trolleys make the rounds to several local pubs, including the ever-Irish Paddy Murphy’s and Mulligan’s.

 

May you have food and raiment,

a soft pillow for your head.

May you be forty years in heaven before

the devil knows you’re dead.

 

Naples Craft Beer Fest – Saturday, March 7 noon to 4 p.m.

It might not be officially a St. Paddy’s event, but it celebrates beer, so it might as well be on the hit list!

Held waterside at Bayfront in Downtown Naples, the Naples Craft Beer Fest is a celebration of the art of craft beer. The beer festival is expected bring out about 1,200 revelers. Entry includes a tasting glass, unlimited beer samples, food pairings from local restaurants, and local musical entertainment. Expect an impressive variety of beers from around the world. Local chefs and restaurants compete for the best pairing award – a foodie’s dream!

Naples Craft Beer Fest is a charity fundraiser for the Naples North Rotary Club Foundation. 100% of the proceeds are donated to charity, so drink up!

 

May misfortune follow you

the rest of your life,

But never catch up!

 

If the sound of bagpipes stir your soul, track down the popular Harp & Thistle Pipe Band. With 24 bagpipers, 10 snare drummers, six tenor drummers, and three bass drummers.

The pipe band will be marching in the Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m., but it will also be at the 8:30 a.m. Flag Raising Ceremony at Crayton Cove and earlier than that at 7 a.m., they’ll be rousing the neighborhood at the City Fire Station. After the parade, you can track them down to The Dock at Crayton Cove Restaurant and Riverwalk at Tin City.

If you’re in town February 22, The West of Galway Band will perform An Evening in Ireland Sunday, February 22. Dinner and show tickets start at $35.. VIP tickets are also available. Also performing are The Harp & Thistle Pipe Band as well as The Tir Na Nog Irish Dancers.

Close in to the holiday on Sunday, March 15, The West of Galway Band will perform during church services at St. John the Evangelist in Naples.

 

May the ships at sea

never be bottoms up!

 

The Pub at Mercato – Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The Harp & Thistle Pipe Band gets the party started in full dress at 6:30 p.m. in the roundabout in front of The Pub. Music and other festivities throughout the night are sure to tilt your kilt.

 

@ The Mercato – Tuesday, March 17 at 7:15 p.m.

The Mercato, a trendy, upscale shopping district at Vanderbilt Beach, will host a free movie in keeping with the magic of the holiday: “The Secret of Roan Inish.” Boxed suppers of corned beef sandwiches will be sold on the lawn by Mercato merchant Stage 62.

http://www.mercatoshops.com/event/movies-on-the-lawn-featuring-the-secret-of-roan-inish/2145450464

 

There are good ships,

and there are wood ships,

the ships that sail the sea.

But the best ships are

friendships,

and may they always be!

 

Come celebrate your good luck with friends,

old and new, in Naples, Florida.

 

Sláinte!