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Your 2018 Guide to Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day



So you already plan on wearing your favorite green sweater and swigging Guinness by the gallon this St. Patrick’s Day. But if you’re looking for a few other fun ways to get into the spirit, check out some of these events happening throughout the state.


43rd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The Irish Culture Club of Delaware’s annual parade will be held Saturday, March 10. Starting at noon, the parade envoy will march along King Street past the grandstand at Rodney Square, and will end near 14th Street. Stick around for a post-parade Hooley, held at 14th and King streets, featuring $20 commemorative beer mugs with unlimited refills until 4 p.m.


11th Annual Milton St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Partake in one of Delaware’s growing traditions on Sunday, March 11. The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. in historic downtown Milton on Atlantic Avenue and ends at Milton Elementary School. Proceeds generated from the parade (and the associated Lucky Leprechaun 5k) benefit the Milton Fire Department, the Milton Chamber of Commerce and the Gladys Wilkins Seeding the Future Scholarship Fund. A post-parade party will be held at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant.


2018 Downtown Dover St. Patrick’s Festival and Parade

Downtown Dover’s annual festival features food trucks, vendors, face painting, kids’ activities and live entertainment. The parade, starting at W. Loockerman Street, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18.


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Shamrock Shuttle 2018

On Saturday, March 10, the Shamrock Shuttle offers access to 11 bars across Wilmington—including seven within walking distance of Trolley Square—for a $10 cover charge. a comfortable St. Patrick’s Day costume, as venues along the loop are known to hold costume contests. Wristbands can be purchased on the day of the event at participating bars beginning at 7 p.m. Participating bars will be open until 1 a.m.


8th Annual Milford St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl

One of the best-kept secrets in Southern Delaware, this pub crawl runs through downtown Milford, linking local breweries, pubs, taverns and restaurants. The crawl starts at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 17. Local merchants will close at 9 p.m.; bars and taverns will close at 1 a.m. 


The Starboard Opening Weekend

The Starboard in Dewey Beach officially opens for the season with a special four-day event from March 15–18. Head down for a weekend of live music, drink specials and more.



6th Annual Lucky Leprechaun 5k

Held Sunday, March 11, the race starts and ends at Irish Eyes Pub in Milton, just hours before Milton’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. Stick around for post-race burgers, hot dogs and Dogfish Head beer. Registration is $35 until March 8, and $40 on the day of the event.


19th Annual John D Kelly Logan House 5k

Benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, this race starts and ends in Trolley Square near Kelly’s Logan House. Runners will receive a T-shirt and be treated to a post-race party of beer and pizza. The race begins at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24. Registration is $25 until March 22, and $30 on the day of the event.

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