Shake off Winter Blues & Go Green For St Patrick’s Day

by Dan Lesniak

This has been a hard winter for our region, with storms and snow blanketing the area. With March finally here, we on the Orange Line are hopeful the weather will turn around and spring will soon arrive. But no matter the weather, there is something full of fun we have to look forward to this month. Regardless of your own background, when it comes to celebrating all things Irish, we know how to make merry with plenty of feasts, fests, and good times to be had by all. There are many ways to celebrate this most Irish of all our holidays, and in the hopes that you can get out, have some fun and celebrate a bit. I have listed some of the great things planned for St. Patrick’s Day this year.

You can get some Luck o’ the Irish and an early start to celebrating with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Alexandria on Saturday March 7th. Hosted by the Ballyshanners, this is the 34th annual parade in Old Town and a family favorite. The parade starts at 12:30, but you can arrive early and enjoy a fun dog show and classic car show as well. There is even a Pot O Gold Piñata at Ten Thousand Villages prior to the parade, with chocolate coins waiting for the young ones.

On the 14th,.you can join in the Cloverfest or Shamrock Crawl in Washington DC. Cloverfest is an afternoon and evening beer fest with over 75 beers on hand for tasting. There will be plenty of food and live dueling pianos to get your feet tapping. The Shamrock Crawl in Washington DC is the first of two pub crawls in the area. You can join hundreds of celebrants going from pub to pub and celebrate into the night. You can round out your weekend with the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in DC on Sunday the 15th, along Constitution Avenue at noon.

On our side of the river, the Shamrock Crawl will be in Arlington on March 21st. This annual pub crawl has become quite a popular event along the Orange Line, with several pubs in Clarendon on hand to help celebrate Irish heritage with food, drink, and entertainment. Rounding out the celebrations, Shamrockfest is slated to be America’s biggest St Paddy’s Day celebration with a day full of Celtic and alternative rock at RFK Stadium festival grounds.

No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, while it should be a day of celebrating, we hope you have a safe and fun time, taking this chance to let go of some winter blues and enjoy life. If you are ready bring your life to the Orange Line, myself and the Orange Line Living Team are here to help you with our unique and specialized services so you can turn your home dreams into reality. To learn more about how we can help you, contact us directly at 571-969-7653 or at [email protected].

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