St. Paddy’s day events plentiful
By Shauna Stocken
St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday of rich cultural, religious and societal traditions, from eating corn beef and hash to drinking green beer before noon.
In honor of the foremost patron saint of Ireland, the typical death day of Saint Patrick is celebrated March 17.
The public holiday is widely celebrated in North America with significant influences from Irish natives.
To get involved, dress in green and celebrate the Irish culture with festivals, parties and authentic dishes throughout the Lansing area.
The Harris Nature Center in Okemos invites families to explore Mother Nature as she wears green. Learn about the history, enjoy special activities and take a guided walk to search for lucky shamrocks.
The event starts at 2 p.m. March 17. The center is located at 3998 Van Atta Road. Cost is $3 per person and $7 per family.
For those 21 and older, celebrate early at Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant, located in the Eastwood Town Center at 2900 Centre Blvd. in Lansing.
The Irish Pub is kicking off the celebration Friday, March 15 from 3 to 10 p.m. with local live music in addition to classic Irish cuisine.
Claddagh Irish Pub & Restaurant will open on St. Patrick’s Day at 10 a.m., with Irish dancers and bagpipers scheduled throughout the weekend.
Take a weekend trip, or visit the town of Grand Ledge for the day on March 17. The city will hold a Saint Patrick’s Day Celebration complete with traditional Irish dancing, a bagpipe band, Irish stew cook-off and much more from March 15 to 17.
The “St. Pat’s Day Parade” is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 in downtown Grand Ledge.
For a complete list of St. Patrick’s Day events in Grand Ledge, directions and more, visit https://grandledgechamber.com/.
Celebrate closer to home with green beer from Lansing’s Waterfront Bar and Grill, located at 325 City Market Drive, from 8 a.m. to midnight.
Drink specials range in price from $1 to $5. A unique menu will feature Irish classics: Shepard’s Pie, Reuben Sliders, baked potatoes and more, from $1 to $7.
Visit the Waterfront Bar and Grill website at http://waterfrontlansing.com/ for a complete list of St. Patrick’s Day specials.
While planning for the festivities to come, remember to drive sober or get pulled over. Designate a sober driver if you or your group will be indulging in adult libations.