Sunday, March 17, 2013, is St. Patrick’s Day which is a cultural and religious observance of the patron saint and national apostle St. Patrick who is recognized for bringing Christianity to Ireland in the 1700s. Over the years it has also became a time to celebrate everything Irish.
In Philadelphia, they really know how to celebrate this observance and it won’t just be limited to March 17. The city will be hosting a lot of St. Patrick’s Day activities during the month of March because why limit it to just one day?
Fado’s Irish Pub, located at 1500 Locust Street, will be hosting several activities throughout the month of March. Where else but an Irish pub to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day correctly?
On Saturday, March 9, the festivities will start at 7 A.M. and there is no cover charge. At 9:30 the live 6 Nations Rugby begins and the cover charge is $10. At 11:00 the outside event will begin and the cover charge is also $10. Live music will begin at noon featuring acts such as Galway Guild and Lima Bean Riot. There will also be Irish dancers performing all day and at 6 P.M., D.J. Press Play will take center stage. The day, also known as St. Practice Day, will feature other acts such as Fair Trade from 1 P.M. until 4 P.M. and Weird Science from 6 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.
You can purchase tickets ahead of time and save some money or you can pay at the door. To order tickets, please go to: www.fadoirishpub.com/philadelphia/st-patricks-day-2013.
On Monday, March 11, there will be the Irish Bingo and Red Bull launch party when three new flavors of Red Bull will be introduced: blueberry, lime and cranberry. Jimmy and Jeff will start performing at 6 P.M. and Irish Bingo will begin at 8 P.M.
On Tuesday, March 12, Fado’s will host a Taste of Ireland whiskey tasting and dinner beginning at 7 P.M. There will be a specially created five course dinner and each course will be paired with a distinctive whiskey. Tickets are $50. To view the complete menu and to reserve your table, please visit: www.fadoirishpub.com/philadelphia/whiskey-dinner.
On Friday, March 15, the pub is sponsoring the annual Head-Shaving St. Baldrick’s charity event from 11:30 A.M. until 5 P.M. The event is held to support childhood cancer research. To donate or participate, please go to: www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/9503/2013.
On Sunday, March 17, the pub will offer a Pint and Pancakes breakfast from 7 A.M. until 10 A.M. The pancakes will be free plus there’ll be a breakfast buffet. The cover charge is $10 for the entire day. The Galway Guild, Irish Dancers, and Lima Bean Riot will be on hand beginning at noon. D.J. Press Play will be there at 3 P.M. All proceeds go to the AOH Philadelphia. Children will be able to attend the breakfast, but after 12 P.M. they will not be admitted.
The AOH Philadelphia, Ancient Order of Hibernians, was established in 1836 and work to help members of the Irish culture socially and economically. The organization sponsors programs that promote the Irish heritage such as scholarships and National History Day.
All activities that will be held at Fado’s are for the over 21 crowd.
Finally, on March 20, Fado’s is giving away a 4 day/3 night trip for 2 to Dublin, Ireland which includes airfare, hotel and a VIP tour of the Guinness Brewery at St. James Gate. To register, please go to: www.fadoirishpub.com/trip/. You must be 21 to enter.