This coming Sunday is St. Patrick’s Day, 2013, a time for celebrations of many kinds. If you’re new to Houston, you may be overwhelmed by all of the possibilities. Houston Apartment Insiders is here to help you get to know your new city, and holiday events are no exception. We’ve given you guides to Houston celebrations for New Year’s Eve, Halloween, and Valentine’s Day (for the romantic and the not so romantic), and we’re here to guide you through St. Patrick’s Day, too. Here are some of the best things to do in Houston this weekend, whatever your idea of fun:
A Traditional, City-Wide Celebration for the Whole Family
If your idea of a perfect St. Patrick’s Day includes civic pride, music, floats, and wholesome activities for all ages, don’t miss the 54th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade. Houston’s is always one of the largest in the country, and it is certainly the longest parade in Houston, with over 100 marching groups and floats snaking through the city streets for two hours. The parade starts at noon on Saturday, March 16, at the Clock Tower at Minute Maid Park, and continues through downtown Houston until 2pm. The Houston St. Patrick’s Parade is always free for everyone. Bring the whole family to celebrate Houston’s Irish community and its rich history.
Can’t get enough of St. Patrick’s Day Parades? You’re in luck! Houston is home to another parade, the 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s also free for spectators, and entry fees for parade participants and for related events (including a 5K fun run/walk and a Lepruchan and St. Patrick’s Day Queen contest) benefit Cypress Hill Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This parade is shorter than the Houston St. Patrick’s Parade, but still goes on for three miles. Best of all: This parade will be held on Sunday, March 17 starting at 2pm, so if you and your family just love a parade, you’ll be able to attend both parades this year. Check the parade organizers’ web site for the parade route and more information.
Pub Crawls and Parties
St. Patrick’s Day means something completely different to many people: a night to party in adults-only style, with pub crawls, loud music, and copious amounts of green beer. If that’s your style, Houston won’t disappoint you. Houston’s many bars and restaurants are hosting events all weekend, with live music, drink specials, dancing, and games. To help you sort through all of the possibilities, the Houston Chronicle’s entertainment web site, 29-95.com, tells about 37 of Houston’s best places to get your party on for St. Patrick’s Day. These pubs, taverns, bars, and restaurants feature a wide range of music, drink specials, and food choices.
Maybe you prefer a more active way to celebrate the holiday. Houston has St. Patrick’s Day events for athletes, too. The 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade sponsors a 5K fun run and walk on Sunday, March 17, starting between 1:45 and 2pm. All ages are welcome, and the $25 participation fee supports Cypress Hill EMS.
For cyclists, the second annual Tour de Houston bike ride is also happening on Sunday, March 17. Sponsored by Apache Oil Corporation, this event raises funds for the city’s non-profit partner, Houston Parks Board, which plants and protects trees throughout Houston. Three routes are available: 20 miles, 40 miles, and 70 miles long.
Posted by Melanie Belasco Levy on 03/14/13