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St. Patrick's Day celebration

March 13, 14 events in Historic Dublin prelude to March 15 parade

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

Historic Dublin will offer plenty of ways to prepare for St. Patrick's Day.

In the days leading up to Dublin's annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration parade March 15, the historic district will roll out an Irish welcome with Jig Thursday on March 13 and the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest March 14.

The Historic Dublin Business Association usually hosts the Jig on the first Thursday of the month, offering specials, music and entertainment.

"We (moved it) because the city of Dublin scheduled the state of the city on Jig Thursday," said Robert Smith, Business Association coordinator.

"It was kind of a bummer, particularly because for our business owners, it's important for them to be a part of that ... . It's not something we do on a regular basis, but it's easier for us to move our event than for them to move theirs."

But the move to March 13 worked well as Historic Dublin businesses offer ways to get in a St. Patrick's Day mood.

"Because the Jig comes before St. Patrick's Day we thought it would be good preparation," Smith said.

"Our members have a lot to help you get ready for St. Patrick's Day.

"They have shirts and hats and sales for those kinds of thing ... . You can get a new T-shirt for St. Patrick's Day or an Irish pin to wear to work."

After getting outfitted for St. Patrick's Day, Smith said a lesson about how to celebrate is on the agenda for the Jig.

"You can learn how to do the Irish jig," he said.

"We've had a lot of dancers that are performers you can come and watch.

"This is the first time we're doing lessons," Smith said. "You can come to the library and learn to do an Irish jig so you're ready for St. Patrick's Day."

Smith said The Brazenhead and Dublin Village Tavern will offer specials on Irish beers and Irish whiskeys.

The Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance will teach the Irish jig at the Dublin branch library, 75 N. High St., from 6 to 8 p.m. March 13.

Visitors can also see a leprechaun on the streets of Historic Dublin with a pot of gold, as well as a strolling bagpiper.

A trip to the library between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., Brazenhead at 7:30 or Dublin Village Tavern at 8 p.m. could also yield a chance to meet Dublin's 2014 Grand Leprechaun, Michael Blackwell.

Blackwell is manager of the Dublin branch library and has been involved in numerous community service projects.

Festivities will continue March 14 as contestants bear their legs for Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland's fifth annual Best Legs in a Kilt contest.

The contest for men 21 and older will accept 17 contestants and last year's winner, Garth Bishop, is defending his title, said Ha'penny owner Ann Gleine.

The men will ready their legs and kilts at 5 p.m. before heading to Brazenhead, 56 N. High St., at 6 p.m. for the contest.

"Judges are looking for how you carry yourself, how your kilt sways, overall impression (and) legs," Gleine said.

"Bribes will be taken by judges. Any monetary bribes will be donated to their favorite charity. There's also crowd appeal.

"If they have a lot of people cheering for them, it will make an impression on the judges."

Blarney Brothers Richard Taylor and Bill Jacob along with Grand Leprechaun and former Best Legs in a Kilt Winner Michael Blackwell will judge the contest.

Entry into the Best Legs in a Kilt contest is $10 and kilt rental is $5. To enter the contest, contact Ha'penny Bridge Imports of Ireland at 614-889-9615 or stop by the store at 75 S. High St. in Historic Dublin.

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