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Best Family-Friendly St. Patrick's Day Events In Minnesota

St. Patrick's Day, March 17, falls on a Thursday this year. The Twin Cities has plenty of activities throughout the day that families with kids of all ages can enjoy. Here are five family-friendly St. Patrick's Day events that may interest you.

St Paul Cathedral
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St. Patrick's Day Mass
Cathedral of St. Paul
239 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(651) 228-1766

Date: March 17, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

Celebrate mass before the parade. Regular Mass is at 7:30 a.m. The Ancient Order of Hibernians Division 4, a centuries-old order dedicated to the promotion of Irish heritage, sponsors a St. Patrick's Day Mass at 9:30 a.m. This annual event is well attended by members of the community. The Hibernians will serve brunch in the Hall of Angels, downstairs, after Mass around 10:30 a.m.

St. Patrick's Day Parade — St. Paul
5th St. from Broadway St. to Washington St.
St. Paul, MN

Date: March 17, 2016 at Noon

St. Paul's parade is especially family-friendly as St. Paul does not allow drinking in public. The parade officials keep motorized vehicles to a minimum and it does not allow signs for political office. For added fun, amass an Irish family and march in the parade. Line up on the streets surrounding 4th Street and 5th Street and between Sibley Street and Wacouta Street before 11:45 a.m. Then just follow the emerald green swath of paint down the center of the parade route. Greet the new 2016 Miss Shamrock at this year's spectacular 50th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.

St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day Parade
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St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration
Landmark Center
75 W. 5th St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
(612) 990-3122

Date: March 17, 2016 at 10:00 5:00 p.m.
Price: $6 Adults, $4 Kids ages 5 to 12

With four stages showcasing local and regional Irish music throughout the day, the 35th annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration is bound to please even the pickiest of music lovers. The Irish Music & Dance Association has organized a splendid display of pipe bands, Irish dance, Irish Marketplace, Irish tea and scones, Irish beer, Celtic crafts, seminars on Irish music and language, children's stage and children's activities. The festival wraps around parade times, so your family can stop by the Landmark Center before or after the celebration.

Related: Best Ways For Kids To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day 2013 In Minnesota

O'Malley's Irish Pub
1775 Radio Dr. Suite A
Woodbury, MN
(651) 578-7007

Take the family out after the parade. Kids can choose Wee Chicken Tenders, Mini Corn Dogs, Mac And Cheese, Grilled Cheese or Burger. All are served with choice of fresh fruit, fries or chips and a beverage. The regular menu offers tasty choices for adults. This locally owned pub exudes authenticity with a bar built by hand, comfortable handcrafted booths and couches surrounding a relaxing fireplace.

Big Dog
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St. Patrick's Day Parade — Minneapolis
Marquette Ave. from 12th St. to 5th St.
St. Patrick's Day Association
509 Mill St. N.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55421
(763) 234-0669

Date: March 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

"We are seeing the fourth generation of families marching in this year's 47th annual parade," organizer Sean Clerkin said. "We strive to be family oriented." Clerkin's entire family works hard at ensuring a fun time for everyone. Parade participants must register, pay a small fee and will line up by 12th Street at 7 p.m. Note the change in time and place of this year's parade due to construction on Nicollet Avenue.

Related: Best Parades / Celebrations On St. Patrick's Day In Minnesota

Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at


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