St. Patrick’s Day is March 17th and you know Greeley will be full of activities and a whole lot of green beer. On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish, especially at Downtown Greeley’s 5th annual Blarney on the Block.
Blarney on the Block Parade and Celebration is the perfect start to an amazing St. Patty’s Day weekend in Greeley. Blarney on the Block is put on by Greeley’s Downtown Development Authority and almost all downtown businesses get involved. People of all ages can join in on the St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
The Northern Caledonia Pipe Band will be back to lead the parade with amazing highland bagpiping and drumming that will get everyone in the Irish spirit. The parade will start at 2:30 p.m. at The Tilted Kilt and make its way to the 9th Street Plaza. Blarney on the Block parade is community led so get decked out in green, kilts, and shamrocks, and join in. From horses in shamrock sunglasses to traditional Irish dancers, the parade is something you don’t want to miss if you’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Northern Colorado. What better way to show off your Irish pride than with several hundred green-clad Greeley residents regardless if you’re Irish or not.
The parade winds its way through three blocks but make sure to stay afterward for plenty of games and activities where both kids and adults alike will find their share of Irish fun. In years past, kids have tried their hand at Potato-On-A-Spoon Races, Rubber Ducky Dunks in tubs of green water, and a “Lucky Coin Pot-O’-Gold” search. Participating businesses, retailers, and restaurants provide prizes and more festive fun.
In 2015, Greeley Monument Works donated a makeshift Blarney Stone to the 9th Street Plaza for Greeley’s greenest to kiss. The real Blarney Stone in Ireland is built into the Blarney Castle where tourists will hang upside-down to give the stone a kiss. According to Irish legend, all those that kiss it will receive the gift of gab, so make sure to pucker up to Greeley’s newest Irish attraction.
For those old enough to indulge in green beer, make your way into the Go-Cup district in the 9th Street Plaza. In the Go-Cup district, people can take cups of beer outside with them and sample different drinks provided by many of the businesses in the plaza.
Live music from Chancer’s Hooley, one of the best Celtic bands in Denver and the Front Range, will be sure to bring out the Irish in you. Their blend of modern and traditional Celtic music, with touches of classic rock, will have you singing and dancing as only the Irish can.
After you’ve had your share of the Blarney on the Block “hooley” (hooley is an Irish party), make your way to Patrick’s Pub on 8th Avenue for a traditional Irish pub experience, complete with rare artisan beer and whiskey, or head back over to the Tilted Kilt where the parade started and their Kilt Girls will make sure to get you a proper pint and good pub fare.