Omaha, Nebraska. Commonly described as “somewhere in middle America,” thanks to the creative geniuses behind Counting Crows. However, contrary to popular belief, we are so much more than a random somewhere. With this, we have St Patrick’s day as an example. There will be no hoe-downs here. We believe there’s a little Irish in all of us.
To begin the festivities, the Ancient Order of Hibernians has put together Omaha’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set for Friday morning, March 14. The parade kicks off at 10 am in the heart of Omaha’s historic Old Market area, on the corner of 15th and Howard. This family friendly event will include drill teams, fire engines and local businesses displaying their Irish pride.
Continuing through the weekend, on the opposite side of the city, Two Fine Irishmen pub, located at 181st and R Street, will kick off a 4 day St. Patty’s day blowout. Friday and Saturday will include local hit bands Hi-Fi Hangover and Lemon Fresh Day. On Sunday, the bar and grill will present Shira Hannah Irish dancers and ac oustic musician Dallas Hendrix. Finally, to finish off the festivities, Two Fine will open at 6 am on St. Patrick’s Day, offering green eggs and ham, corned beef and cabbage, I rish-style nachos and the classic green beer. Omaha Pipes and Drums will begin the entertainment for the day; Lemon Fresh Day will make an encore performance to finish off the party.
Also bringing day long festivities is the local favorite, Cunningham’s Pub and Grill. Also opening at 6 am, the grill will begin with a breakfast buffet from 6-10 am, and continue through the day with a limited menu based on corned beef and cabbage, chef special Rueben’s , Sheppard’s p ie, f ish n’ c hips and Guinness Stew. Along with all the great food specials, green beer and drink specials will be going on all day.
Not to be outdone by any of the above, Omaha favorite Clancy’s pub will be celebrating it’s 37th Annual St. Patty’s Day bash. Between the now 3 locations city wide, one can expect Irish pipe and drums, live bands, and a DJ, an outdoor party tent, and a Jone -Z party bus between the three locations beginning at 2 pm. Of course, the three locations will all provide corned beef and cabbage, green beer and drink specials.
For those not quite into the party scene, Lauritzen Gardens will be hosting an Irish spirited lunch from 10 am to 2 pm. Considered the g reenest place in Omaha, corned beef and cabbage will be available for $6 and accompanied by local musician Michael Murphy performing traditional Irish flute music.
Middle America may not be known for much, but we know how to celebrate a holiday.