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St. Patrick’s doings in Sacramento start this weekend

Ken Knott wears a green beard during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Old Sacramento, March 16, 2013. He is in his 10th year with a green beard and is a member of the Old Sacramento Living History Program.
Ken Knott wears a green beard during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Old Sacramento, March 16, 2013. He is in his 10th year with a green beard and is a member of the Old Sacramento Living History Program. Sacramento Bee file

St. Patrick’s Day things-to-do begin this weekend and continue through Tuesday in Sacramento.

In midtown and downtown Sacramento, a parade, a pub crawl, restaurant-prepared corned beef and cruises on the river are on tap, along with the Guinness and Harp beer.

Friday

  • Trinity Academy of Irish Dance is a progressive Irish dance group. According to the Harris Center at Folsom Lake College, the dance group’s groundbreaking work opened the artistic pathways leading directly to commercial productions like Riverdance. Performances will be held at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Saturday

  • The festivities begin with the St. Patrick’s Day Parade stepping off at 1 p.m. from Second and L streets in Old Sacramento. The parade then proceeds through the historic district. More than 50 parade units and nearly 1,000 marchers are expected. In addition, entertainment, including bagpipers and Irish dancers, is scheduled before and after the parade on K Street between Front and Second streets.
  • St. Patrick’s River Cruises on the Capitol Hornblower: 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. The $20 one-hour cruise includes face painting and balloons for children, along with a historical narration about the waterfront by the captain.
  • St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl starts at the Zebra Club at 4 p.m. and ends at the Pine Cove at 11 p.m. Walkers visit a new pub or restaurant in midtown Sacramento every 30 minutes. A total of 15 establishments will be visited by the hardiest of pub crawlers. More information is at 5hundy.
  • Shamrock’n 5K and kids’ leprechaun half-mile chase will be held at West Sacramento’s Raley Field. Walk-in registration and packet pickup is available. Online registration is closed.

Sunday

  • Shamrock’n Half Marathon starts and finishes at Raley Field. During the road race, runners cross the Tower Bridge into Sacramento before returning to the ballpark. The half-marathon has nearly reached its runner maximum.
  • Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center announces that the six musicians of Irish band Slugger O’Toole make a welcome return to Folsom. Joined by members of the Kerry Dance Troupe, the center says, Slugger O’Toole shares its passion for the music of Ireland and the Celtic Nations by concocting a heady brew of foot-stomping pub songs, ballads and instrumentals.

Tuesday

  • The Fox and Goose restaurant, 10th and R streets, will serve up corned beef and cabbage and lamb stew. Along with the food and $18 pitchers of Irish beer, there will be Celtic punk-style songs and more traditional musical numbers.
  • Off the Chain Bike Bus Tours will hold its inaugural St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl through downtown and midtown Sacramento. The 3 p.m. tour is $45 and open for a rolling pedal party on the company’s “luxury” bike-bus. Participants will stop at three pubs.
  • The Sacramento Master Singers, a choral chamber group, presents “Celtic Journeys” with Men of Worth. The groups will also sing old and new arrangements of some of the world’s most traditional Irish and Scottish ballads at Folsom Lake College’s Harris Center.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.

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