St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday this year, and it's right in the middle of Lent. But good Irish Catholics (and all other Catholics) needn't worry about enjoying corned beef on the big green day. Archbishop Carlson has granted a dispensation for those attending the Dogtown St. Patrick's Day Parade, with encouragement to abstain from meat on an additional day next week instead. So eat up, have a beer and honor St. Patrick with a clear conscience. This year's parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at the corner of Tamm and Oakland avenues (www.stlhibernians.com), with most of Dogtown coming out to join the festivities. The bars will be open, the grills will be fired and everyone will be wearing green, so don't be the stick-in-the-mud who wears black (what's with those jerks who always wear black?). Admission is free, you can't bring coolers or backpacks with you and if you're underage, you have no dispensation to drink alcohol -- and the police will be checking IDs. Stick to the corned beef.
Price: free admission