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7 ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in LA that aren't about green beer

Young parade-goers Harley and Presley Eidens look on during the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade up 5th Avenue in New York on March 17, 2012.
Young parade-goers Harley and Presley Eidens look on during the 251st St Patrick's Day Parade up 5th Avenue in New York on March 17, 2012.
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This St. Patrick’s Day, put the green beer down and drive (before drinking that green beer) to check out one of these events around the Southland area.

The L.A. Live St. Patrick’s Day Festival

L.A. Live is teaming with the city for the third year in a row for a St. Patrick’s Day Festival at L.A. Live’s Nokia Plaza. The entertainment includes Irish music and dancing (including the L.A. Police Emerald Society Drum & Bagpipe Band), an arena rock tribute band (super Irish?), Irish food and more. The Budweiser Clydesdales will also be there, for some reason. Both the Clippers and the Lakers play at Staples Center Sunday, so there will be pre-game festivities for both games. The event is free.

Hermosa Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade

For the 19th year, Hermosa Beach is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day parade a day early on Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m. Not just your average local parade, the Hermose Beach Chamber of Commerce says it draws about 30,000 people every year. You can come watch bagpipers, floats, marching bands, dogs and more. (Yes, dogs.) Watching the parade is free.

A Clamorous Salute to St. Patrick’s Day at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre

The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day-themed comedy show. It’s hosted by comedian Mike Still, playing Uncle Irish, with other L.A. comics playing a wide variety of Irish characters. The show is longer than the standard UCB show, with two hours before the next show to throw shillelagh jokes at you. Tickets are only 5 bucks.

Shamrock ‘N’ Roll on the Queen Mary

Saturday night, the Queen Mary is throwing a party filled with bands dropping some Irish music, as well as a DJ and a band covering pop artists with Irish backgrounds (A little Sinead “Nothing Compares 2 U” anyone?). With names like the Shillaly Brothers and Dublin Public, it should be an Irish good time that’s kind of on the water. The show is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Green Festival

The Orange County Marketplace is throwing its 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. The festivities include Irish dancing, plus a pro-Earth message with environmental presentations from the Earth Resource Foundation, giving you a double dose of green. The event is free.

Makem & Spain Brothers at the Richard & Karen Carpenter Performing Arts Center

The Makem & Spain Brothers play a concert Saturday night. It’s a combination of the sons of “The Godfather of Irish Music” Tommy Makem and brothers Liam and Mickey Spain. (The name may have been a clue.) They perform traditional folk songs and lead the crowd in sing-alongs. Tickets are $25.

St. Patrick’s Day at One Colorado

Pasadena’s One Colorado shopping center is throwing a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in their courtyard, featuring live Celtic music and Irish dance. They’re also adding a bonus scavenger hunt: If you can find One Colorado’s “Lucky the Leprechaun” and take a picture of him, then upload it to One Colorado’s event Facebook page, you can win a prize. The events are free (though the shopping they’re encouraging you to do isn’t).

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