Fort Collins Named No.7 City to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
According to WalletHub.com, Fort Collins comes in at No. 7 as one of the top cities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Our lovely area comes behind some traditional cities like Chicago, No. 1, and Boston, No. 2 on the list. Locally, Denver comes in at No. 26 with Colorado Springs ranking at No. 45.
The cities were ranked based on several factors, including St. Patrick’s Day traditions, costs, safety and accessibility and St. Patrick’s Day weather. For more than two decades, Fort Collins has been the St. Patrick’s Day destination for residents all over the Northern Colorado region. From free parades to a 5k and Irish inspired food and live music, you pick out your green attire and Fort Collins will provide the rest!
St. Patrick’s Day Schedule
On March 17th, the Lucky Joe’s St. Patrick’s Day parade returns to the historic streets of Old Town, as thousands will gather to cheer on an array of Irish-themed floats and entertainers along College Avenue. The parade is a FREE event that is open to all ages, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The parade and party bring music, costumes, dancing and family-friendly fun to the heart of Old Town for a full day of excitement.
After the parade, everyone will be heading to Old Town Square for the Old Town Irish Party hosted by Wilbur’s Total Beverage! The Irish Party will feature a “green beer garden” with beer from Odell Brewing and High Country Beverage, plus wine from Wilbur’s Total Beverage, as well as food offerings from Sammi’s Fried Cheese Curds and Mile High Lobster Shack. The Old Town Irish Party is free to attend and will feature live performances on the Old Town Square Stage.
Grab your green costume and sparkle bright and early for the 19th annual Sharin’O’the Green 5K. With adult registration, participants get a timed bib, a free event t-shirt and a local Odell beer after the race. Kids 17 and under can also register for $10 and anyone under 12 can run for free.
If you’re looking for a different St. Patrick’s Day option this year, head to New Belgium Brewing for a Special Release: the Green Wit Beer! This cover-free party will feature live Irish tunes from Fort Collins’ own Blind Alley Troubadours from 3 – 5 p.m. then Irish Step Dancing hosted by McTeggart Irish Dance School. You can also grab a seat right on the parade route at Mainline to snag a $3 bloody Mary or mimosa!
With two events on St. Patrick’s Day, you can enjoy Bath Garden Center’s Shamrock Fairy Garden during the Old Town Irish party or save this for post-party family fun. For $20, you and your kids will learn how to make a fairy garden and you’ll get to take it home!
We love watching Fort Collins streets come alive in shades of green during St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day weekend, you could party on the streets and experience culture from the other side of the world! At ABD, we customize and remodel homes near all of this year’s festivities. Visit www.abd-ltd.com to learn more about what we can do for you!