Local Irish gearing up for St. Patrick's Day
The Shamrock Club of Columbus will roll out the green carpet for those looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.
A number of events, including religious and cultural activities and the annual parade, will be held March 17 downtown and in nearby neighborhoods.
"What we do is share a love of the Irish," said Judge John Connor, president of the Shamrock Club.
Connor serves on the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals.
"But, one of the other things we do is honor our patron, St. Patrick," Connor said. "That's the most important thing. Every year, it's a great day."
The traditional St. Patrick's Day Mass will be held March 17 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, located at First Avenue and Hamlet Street in Italian Village.
A procession will form at 8:30 a.m. at the southeast corner of First Avenue and Sixth Street. It will begin at 9 a.m. and proceed west on First Avenue to Sacred Heart, where Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m.
The parade will form between 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. at Nationwide and John H. McConnell boulevards in the Arena District.
The parade -- complete with more than 100 marching bands, floats, equestrian units, walking units and motorized units -- will start at 11:30 a.m. and proceed east on Nationwide Boulevard to High Street, south on High to Broad Street and west on Broad Street to Franklin County Veterans Memorial, 300 W. Broad St.
Tens of thousands of spectators line the streets to watch the parade, said Dennis Moriarty, parade co-chairman.
"Over the last 10 years, the parade has grown steadily both from participants and spectators alike," Moriarty said.
"It's an exciting day to showcase our Irish traditions by sponsoring the Columbus St. Patrick's Day parade."
The annual Irish Family Reunion will take place at Veterans Memorial immediately following the parade.
Doors open at noon. Admission at the door is $12 for adults and $7 for children ages 4 to 17. Those 3 years old and younger will be admitted free.
Tickets purchased prior to March 17 cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. For tickets and other information, go to the website shamrockclubofcolumbus.org.
The live entertainment and performance lineup includes the Columbus Celtic Chorus, the Shamrock Club Pipes and Drums and other area pipe and drum bands, the American and Irish national anthems, the Drowsy Lads, the Richens/Timm Academy of Irish Dance, the Millennium Academy of Irish Dance, the Regan/Rankin Academy of Irish Dance, and the Hooligans.
Those attending the reunion are permitted to bring in food and non-alcoholic beverages. No alcoholic beverages can be brought into Veterans Memorial.
Food and beverages -- including beer and liquor -- will be available for purchase inside the reunion hall.
After the reunion, the party continues at the Shamrock Club, where Morningstarre Celtic Band, The Ladies of Longford and other entertainers will be performing until midnight.
In other St. Patrick's Day-related activities from the week, Proclamation Day is Friday, March 8.
Central Ohio's Irish Community will gather to donate thousands of dollars to charities and then paint shamrocks on all four corners at Broad and High streets in downtown Columbus.
The day begins with a Mass of Irish Unity at 8:30 a.m. in St. Christopher Catholic Church, 1420 Grandview Ave.
Mass is followed by breakfast at Byrne's Pub, 1248 W. Third Ave.
The breakfast costs $10 and is a fundraiser for the Get Behind the Badge program, which supports the families of fallen police officers and firefighters in central Ohio.
After breakfast, the Irish will gather at 10:45 a.m. in Columbus City Council Chambers in City Hall.
The Irish organizations will recognize their honorees, donate thousands of dollars to charities and receive proclamations and resolutions from central Ohio's elected officials.
Shortly before noon, the Irish will follow a procession led by the Shamrock Club of Columbus Color Guard and the Shamrock Club of Columbus Pipes and Drums band to Broad and High streets, where bright green shamrocks will be painted on all four corners of the intersection.
At 5:30 p.m. the Emerald Society, an organization of central Ohio's police officers and firefighters, will host a fish fry at the Shamrock Club, 60 W. Castle Road in south Columbus.
The Emerald Society hosts the fish fries at the club every Friday during lent.
At 8 p.m. Mossy Moran will be performing at the Shamrock Club.
From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 10, the Daughters of Erin will hold the annual Irish Breakfast at St. Cecelia's Catholic Church, 434 Norton Road.
Tickets at the door are $10 for adults or $20 for a family.