Phoenix hosts events in honor of St. Patrick’s Day

March 7, 2013 by  

St. Patrick’s Day comes early to the Phoenix area and stays for an extended period of time.

The city of Phoenix will kick off celebrations of the holiday this weekend, eight days before St. Patty’s Day itself, with the annual “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” run. The run gets started at 7:17 am this Saturday, March 9. Events include a 17K run, an 8K run/walk, and a family-friendly 4K run/walk. Designed to be a fun event, there will be live music along the racecourse and each participant will receive a chocolate kiss as they cross the finish line. Runners of legal drinking age will also be given a beer at the end of the race. The race could make use of Phoenix banner printing to mark the beginning and ending points for each race.

The festivities continue when the St. Patrick’s Day parade rolls through town on March 16. This year marks the 30th for the parade, which will feature over 100 floats and marchers. Irish step dancers, police and firefighters, and classic cars will all make an appearance in the parade. The 2013 Arizona Irish Colleen and her court will also parade through the streets of Phoenix. The fun kicks off at 10:00 am on Saturday at Third street and Sheridan street and winds its way south through the city.

Over at the McClelland Irish Library, visitors will have a chance to learn about Irish boxers until May 31. The library’s ‘Fighting Irishmen’ exhibit covers professional and amateur boxers from the past 200 years. Located at 1106 N. Central Avenue, the library is open Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for those under 16, students, and seniors.