Weekend agenda packed with local St. Patrick’s Day parties

The annual St. Paddy’s Day Block Party and Parade will turn Park Circle green again this year.

While we know Christmas isn’t all about presents, and Valentine’s Day isn’t all about flowers and chocolate, St. Patrick’s Day actually is about drinking beer. Well, not entirely. But a couple of centuries ago, the Catholic Church gave the Irish a break from Lent and allowed them to eat and drink alcohol for one day only, March 17, to honor and celebrate the life of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Somehow that translated over the years to Americans wearing as much green as possible and lifting their glasses to their neighbors across the pond. We won’t split hairs. Here’s where to enjoy the festivities this week:

North Charleston’s St. Paddy’s Day Block Party and Parade in Park Circle, noon-7 p.m. Saturday.

details: It’s free, the parade starts at noon, and live music with some Irish influences will be played across three stages throughout the day.

St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl through all the Folly Beach bars, noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

Details: It’s free to participate, but the drinks will cost you. Start at any bar you want, and finish at Loggerhead’s Beach Grill for a prize raffle.

St. Paddy’s Day Pawlooza at Wannamaker County Park, noon Saturday.

Details: This pup-friendly celebration in the dog park features food trucks and live music. There’s a $5 entry fee.

St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl down King Street, noon-7 p.m. Saturday.

Details: Tickets are $10 and registration is at King Street Public House on upper King Street. From there, patrons will visit bars including Beerworks, Midtown and the Republic.

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