3 Things to do on St. Paddy's Day
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Tuesday, March 17 @ 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Eastern Iowa's premier Celtic pub band has been entertaining the day's kilt-wearing masses for years, playing traditional and original songs suitable for both hoisting a pint and dancing a jig, preferably at the same time.
Singer Westan James and his band mates definitely know how to host an Irish-themed party, and you can bet they're going to put on a great show. Read a profile of the band and hear clips of their music at www.HooplaNow.com
There are two chances to hear Wylde Nept this St. Paddy's Day. Start your day off with the band on the Z 102.9's Morning Show with Schulte & Swann at 7 a.m. If that's too early, head to 1st Avenue LIVE, 3701 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m.
7 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 1st Avenue LIVE, 3701 First Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, $10, www.1stavelive.com
Tuesday March 17 @ 1 p.m.
For many regional residents, Irish or not, St. Patrick's Day means drinking green beer, watching the SaPaDaPaSo parade in downtown Cedar Rapids. This year marks the 34th annual parade organized by, SaPaDaPaSo (named for the first two letters of the Saint Patrick's Day Parade Society) the non-profit volunteer-run organization that organizes Cedar Rapids annual St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The first parade lasted four minutes and was a block and a half long. The parade, always held on March 17, regardless of weather, draws tens of thousands of spectators and winds throughout downtown.
1 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, downtown Cedar Rapids, www.sapadapaso.org
Sunday, March 15 @1 p.m.
A 5K? Between bars. We know what you're thinking. Don't think of it as a run. Think of it as a distance journey. Really, what does it mean to "run" anyway? The Bar2Bar 5k is really more like a fast walk. A fast walk from Mahoneys to Paddy O'Rourkes to J.M. O'Malley's to the Homeport to Just Jule's to The Green Gable and back to the Irish District (Mahoneys and Paddy's).
Their motto: Social Drinkers with a Running Problem, says it all. The race isn't sanction or have a cost. Organizers just ask that you bring cash, drinking toasts and Irish spirit.
1 p.m., Sunday, March 15, Mahoneys, H Ave NE & 16th St NE, Cedar Rapids, FREE, www.bar2bar.org
Three Other Things
8 p.m. Thursday (3/12)
Karan Casey Band, St. Patrick's Day show
8 p.m. Saturday (3/14)
CSPS, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids, $17 advance, $20 day show, (319) 364-1580, www.legionarts.com
Asteria and My Hidden Track
noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday (3/17)
Volume, 329 2nd Ave., Cedar Rapids, www.myspace.com/volumecr
CSPS, 1103 Third St SE, Cedar Rapids, $19 advance, $22 day of show , (319) 364-1580, www.legionarts.com