When: Sat., March 12, 12 p.m. 2016
It's the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day, and you know what that means: The St. Patrick's Day Parade steps off at noon today at Aloe Plaza (Twentieth and Market streets; www.irishparade.org). More than 5,000 people march in 120 units to commemorate not just St. Patrick, but also the Easter Rising Centenary. On Easter Monday in 1916, Irish nationalists proclaimed the formation of a free and independent Irish republic. They were imprisoned and killed by the British government, but their activism was the spark that lit the flame of Irish independence during the 1918 elections. Keep them in mind when you're enjoying your beer and brats along the parade route, which continues to Broadway and Clark Avenue. Kiener Plaza hosts the Irish village, with more food, souvenirs and live entertainment all day long.
Price: free admission