If you’re heading to Orlando for Spring break revelries or just a post-winter getaway, be sure to make room for St. Patrick’s day festivities from March 11 – 17, 2008. Orlando prepares for its green transformation with parades, step-dancing, and live entertainment at all the Irish pubs and eateries. You don’t have to head too far from Disney territory to find your pot of gold either; here’s where to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2008 in Orlando:
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Raglan Road Irish Pub
1640 E. Buena Vista Drive
You don’t need a ticket to Pleasure Island to visit this pub in Downtown Disney. It’s one of Orlando’s best spots for a pint of beer with your fish and chips, and this year’s festivities include live Irish music, special raffle drawings, and toasts throughout the night. Be sure to get here early before the bands start for the best seats. Dinner is served until 11 p.m., but the bar stays open until 2 a.m; call (407) 938-0300 for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at The Harp & Celt Restaurant and Irish Pub
25 South Magnolia Avenue, Orlando
If you’ve been looking for an excuse to get out of Disney territory, head to downtown Orlando for this locally owned Irish pub. St. Patrick’s Day wouldn’t be complete with an authentic Guinness pour from this lively spot, so spend the entire day here for traditional Irish food, giveaways, and contests. The restaurant declares that ‘everyone will be Irish on March 17, 2008’; just be sure to follow the dress code of ‘casual green.’
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Pat O’Brien’s at Universal CityWalk, Orlando
Universal Studios, Orlando
Enjoy your Irish platter with Cajun flare at this popular pub that boasts year-round Mardi Gras celebrations. St. Patrick’s Day honors the luck of the Irish with live entertainment, traditional Irish food, and signature drinks at the Main Bar. Toast the night away with locals and visitors alike at this busy spot; call (407) 224-2106 for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Fiddler’s Green
544 W. Fairbanks Avenue, Winter Park
Head north of Orlando to Winter Park for this Irish Pub and Eatery. Local music acts are a highlight of this bustling spot, and it’s the place to enjoy more than just a pint of Guinness. Specialty brews here include the Sea Dog Bluebery Wheat, Blue Moon Belgian White, and Yuengling Lager. Or, sample four drafts on tap with the $5 special. This is one place that’s sure to put you in the Irish spirit; call (407) 645-2050 for more information.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Winter Park
Winter Park Golf Course, Winter Park
If you’re ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little early this year, head to Winter Park for the parade, scheduled fro the Sunday before the big day. The parade is organized by the City of Winter Park, and features live entertainment, step-dancing, and plenty of fun for the whole family. IT starts at 2 p.m. at the Winter Park Golf Course and heads down Park Avenue; call (407) 916-8490 for more information.
Stake out your preferred spot for a pint of Guinness and prepare for a grand celebration, Orlando style, at any of these popular venues over St. Patrick’s Day!