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Oshkosh's first St. Patrick's Day parade today

Get Irish blood pumping with volleyball, fun run, dancing

7:16 PM, Mar. 15, 2013  |  Comments
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The St. Patrick's Day weekend has always been a reason to get out and celebrate. A healthy combination of cabin fever due to the long winter and the hope for a quick return to the outdoor event season sets a perfect mood to enjoy food, music and friends.

Today things really start to heat up as multiple locations around town will host St. Patrick's Day parties. The centerpiece is downtown Oshkosh, where the inaugural St. Patrick's Day Parade and Tent Party starts at 4 p.m. on the 500 block of North Main Street. There will be live bands, Irish dancers, Irish food and cultural displays. The parade starts at 6:30 p.m. from Opera House Square.

Dublin's Irish Pub, 2070 W. Ninth Ave., will host a tent party starting at 1 p.m. with live music, Irish dancers and bagpipers, and an all-Irish menu.

Special themed events will also be held at Mahoney's, 958 W. Sixth Ave., Molly McGuire's, 539 Campus Place, and O'Marro's Public House, 2211T Oregon St.

A trolley will run from 2 to 10 p.m. connecting all five locations including downtown.

Saturday offers a few other non-Irish options. The winter farmers market returns to the City Center Atrium, 2 Jackson St., from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The theme this week is "Book Bash" with music by Ric Reynolds and Dave Deweese.

The Oshkosh Area Community Band will hold its spring concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday inside the Alberta Kimball Auditorium at Oshkosh West High School, 375 N. Eagle St. This is the 26th year they are hosting a free spring concert.

The Grand Opera House, 100 High Ave., showcases the talents of local school children with two performances of "Blackbeard the Pirate" under the direction of the Missoula Children's Theatre. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Since Sunday is actually St. Patrick's Day, consider enjoying an authentic Irish brunch at the Roxy Supper Club at 8 a.m. with a portion of the proceeds helping to support the downtown parade and tent party.

A little exercise will do you some good on Sunday, so head back to Dublin's Irish Pub for their fun run at 9 a.m. Registration is $15 and includes an event T-shirt and a $5 donation to the Oshkosh Fire Department Charity Trust. They'll also host an Irish brunch and music will continue throughout the day .

And don't forget to get your tickets to the Oshkosh Symphony Orchestra's fundraiser next week Thursday. "Get Hot, When It's Not" will begin at 6 p.m. at The Waters, 1393 Washington Ave. This Latin-themed event features music by Salsa Manzana, dinner, dancing and lots of fun. For tickets, contact the Grand Box Office at (920) 424-2350.

For more details, head to www.VisitOshkosh. com.

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