As the harsh winter is easing its grip over Atlanta and its suburb, and its residents slowly fading their memories of snowpocalypse they had to bear in January and February, it is now time to get ready for the festivities of St. Patrick’s Day of 2014. Wind your clock forward this Sunday, March 9 to mark the beginning of the day light saving and dig your wardrobe to find that green attire, shamrock or whatever you have saved from last year and be on the lookout for the festivities across Atlanta around St. Patrick’s Day. What a coincidence, green is needed for another celebration around this time — Dr. Seuss’s 110thbirthday. Some places like my son’s school have events and activities for an entire week to mark his birthday where green is the preferable color.
Undoubtedly, the most notable festive event is the famous St. Patrick’s Day parade, Atlanta’s version of Mardi Gras. This is the nation’s oldest parade and the south’s largest celebration. Over 2000 Irish dancers and musicians are preparing for the grand open-sky show with glitters, fanfare, balloons and floats. Take your children and family and inform your friends and neighbors. With over 200 thousand people coming for this parade from near and distance, check the route of the parade and the traffic to plan your best spot ahead of time to ensure you do not miss out this spectacular event.
Many restaurants, pubs and taverns are throwing red carpets for special events. Shamrock the Station at the Atlantic Station will have an array of activities to celebrate the Irish culture such as, Irish dance, face painting, balloon, art and more. Consider going to the ‘Get Lucky Festival’ organized by Park Tavern near Piedmont park, where there will be live band and green drinks. The bars at Virginia Highlands are prepping for St. Patrick’s day with plethora of events. Check out other taverns, pubs and restaurants throughout Atlanta that have events and celebrations to mark St. Patrick’s Day.
In the early morning of Sunday, March 23, the week after the Parade, another popular event rolls out at the world’s famous Centennial Olympic Park at the heart of the city of Atlanta — Annual Publix Marathon and Half Marathon . Over 16 thousand runners of all levels gather in the park early morning and await the signal for the race to begin. The course of the race weaves and winds through the picturesque and remarkable places, towns and neighborhood of Atlanta. The race finishes at the same park where it began. Then you will find the park is crowded with people and peppered with tents from vendors that have things and items that might delight you including goodies, useful information and perhaps food if you sign up their mailing list or something!