Ready to get your green on? St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday, and there’s no shortage of South bay activities and events to celebrate your Irish heritage (even if you’re not Irish):
UPDATED, 3/15: St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been postponed until March 23, on account of rain.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: One of Hermosa Beach’s most popular events, the 18th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a lively community affair. You’ll see marching bands, dancers, local civic groups, fancy cars, and more. And if you’re lucky you might just catch a piece of candy from a leprechaun. Pier Ave., Hermosa Beach, starts at 11:00 am.
St. Patrick’s Day 5K/Fun Run: Come out and cheer your favorite runners at this popular local race, sponsored by the Village Runner, Proceeds benefit the St. Lawrence Martyr Education Foundation. Race starts at 8:00 am at Village Runner, 1811-A Catalina Ave. Redondo Beach. Kids’ dashes start at 9:30.
Green Beer and More: If you’re ready to drink green beer this weekend, you’re not alone. Check this South Bay Events listing of offerings at popular bars and pubs, including Patrick Malloy’s, Sharkeez, and Hennessey’s.
Rocking the Green: Want some music to go with your green beer? Check out Hollywood U2 (a U2 cover band, Abrakadabra, and Hoist the Colors at Saint Rocke. Saint Rocke, 142 Pacific Coast Highway Hermosa Beach, $10 to $15/person, 7 pm and 9 pm. Or head down to the Queen Mary in Long Beach for Shamrock N Roll, featuring Hollywood Stones, Oxalis, and Sligo Rags. Queen Mary, 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, $15/person, 6 pm.
Staying at home this year? You can still celebrate with something sweet. Cupcakes Couture of Manhattan Beach is offering some special Guinness or Bailey’s Cream cupcakes. And Cake Bakeshop will feature Irish Car Bomb cupcakes and Irish coffee bars.
If you’d like to make your own tasty green treats (without food coloring), check out this green frosting, green cake, green eggs and ham, and other green St. Patrick’s day food ideas from the Jolly Tomato.