As you may already know, this Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day. As you might not realize, Paddy’s Day celebrations abound in the Lowcountry. Our Friday Five this week consists of five fun things to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Charleston. So don your best green and shamrock-themed gear and get out there! Whether you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day or not, the staff and agents at Johnson & Wilson Real Estate Company hope you have a safe and happy weekend.
Kick off the day with a celebratory mass at St. Patrick Catholic Church downtown, and then head outside for the big St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade participants include local school groups, Irish step dancers, fiddlers, fire trucks, military units, local pro and semi-pro teams and their mascots, bagpipers, and marching bands.. The parade begins at King and Radcliffe and marches down King Street to Broad Street.
After the parade, head over to Tommy Condon’s for their 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. They’ll open early at 9am for a full day of celebrating the patron saint of Ireland. Come enjoy a pint or two and hear live music by Emily Deahl, Judson McKinney, The Charleston Pipe Band, and the incredibly Christian Carroll and the Bograts.
If Downtown’s too crowded for you, take a drive over to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant for Shamrock the Dock 2018. Red’s Ice House hosts this event from 1pm until 10pm. The “biggest party on the creek” includes drink specials, live music all day, and an annual visit from the Irish Bagpipers. Admission is free.
Staying in one place all day might not be your thing—we get it. If that’s the case, check out the St. Paddy’s Day on King Street Bar Crawl. Check in at The Brick between 1pm and 4pm, where you’ll receive a scorecard with a list of other participating locations. Your scorecard will also get you priority entry and drink specials. Once your card is completed, head over the Kingdom for the after party from 7pm until 10pm. The first 250 crawlers with completed cards receive a t-shirt. Your card also acts as a raffle ticket for over $1,000 in prizes. Designated drivers are encouraged to participate and have their scorecards marked at each location as well!
If you’re a sports enthusiast, you’ll definitely want to check out Irish Fest at the Charleston Battery game Saturday evening. The Battery will open their 2018 season against FC Cincinnati on St. Patrick’s Day. There will be beer specials, Irish dancing, and the best fireworks show on Daniel Island after the game. During halftime, watch a demonstration put on by the Charleston Hurling Club, who play the national sport of Ireland. To add to the fun, the first 500 fans through the gates will receive a Charleston Battery Irish Fest t-shirt. Gates open at 5:30pm.