Whether your idea of the perfect Saint Patrick’s Day revolves around imbibing green hued booze to the sound of traditional Irish tunes, or searching for four-leaf clovers with shamrock-clad kiddos, Brevard is the perfect place to celebrate. The important thing is that you make it a day to remember. How? Glad you asked…
Do Something Traditional
Part of the reason we have traditions is because they create meaning in our lives. We often share them with our favorite people, at our favorite places, eating our favorite foods.
One of Brevard’s most popular St. Patty’s Day traditions is Meg O’Malley’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival and Parade. Starting with live music, food and entertainment on Fri., March 16 at 5 p.m. in the pub’s back lot and running all day long on Sat., March 17, Meg’s party and parade cannot be beat. There’s a killer traditional Irish buffet, awesome pipers and Irish step dancers, and a parade starting at 11 a.m. The Brevard chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians will be there. Shouldn’t you be too?
Another Brevard County Saint Patrick’s Day tradition you may want to check out is Nolan’s Irish Pub St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, serving up great Irish fare and live entertainment all day. A portion of the proceeds of this event benefit Our Saviour School in Cocoa Beach, Fla.
Do Something Different
Another great way to make some memories is by doing something a bit out of the ordinary. Who says Saint Patrick’s Day has to be about parades and parties?
You could, for example, don your favorite green bikini (or bermuda shorts) and head down to the beach. Brevard’s got 72 miles worth. Or, if your day is far less likely to include green beer than a reading of “Green Eggs and Ham,” you could plan some out-of-the-box events for you and the family. How about the Brevard Zoo’s St. Patrick’s Day Dino-mite Night, for example? This family adventure safari includes dinner and an extra special paleontologist-led tour. You could also spend the day at the 24th Annual Strawberry Festival, a Habitat for Humanity of Brevard community festival featuring a pancake breakfast, car and bike show, super-fun children’s area and the best strawberry shortcake in the county. All proceeds benefit the work of Habitat for Humanity of Brevard County, Inc. This event goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and if you can’t make it Saturday, it’s happening Sunday, March 18, too. (Read our review of last year’s event.)
A Little Bit of Both
Combine the traditional and the out-of-the-ordinary and what do you get? You get St. Patrick’s Day at The Avenue Viera. Here, you’ll find the World of Beer (good beer, not green beer) Party in the Courtyard, which runs from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and features imported Irish lager and cider specials and music by the Brevard Police & Fire Pipe and Drum. Sounds pretty traditional, eh? Well, how about having your head shaved for charity? While the St. Baldrick’s Foundation has been hosting head-shaving events during St. Patrick’s Day every year since 2000, chances are you’ve never taken part in one. Well, this Saturday’s your chance. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., you can be a hero for kids with cancer by letting your locks go during the St. Baldrick’s Head-Shaving Event at The Avenue. Grab a beer, then make a difference. Now there’s a Saint Patrick’s Day to remember!
Whatever you choose to do, please be safe and have a happy St. Patrick’s Day!