Let the pinching begin – Locals plan for St. Patrick’s on Saturday

Let the pinching begin – Locals plan for St. Patrick’s on Saturday - A close up of a tree - Saint Patrick's Day
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Snappers is hosting its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration and parade. The parade lineup and starting point is at Burton Memorial Church, and begins at 3 p.m. The parade path will continue down U.S.1 along the bike path to Snappers. The best float in the parade will be awarded a $100 bar tab. Floats, bikes, groups, golf carts, or persons wanting to participate can register the day of the parade. After the parade, guests can stick around for live music by Dangerous Dave. Drink specials for the day include $1 green draft beer, Jell-O shots, and Irish Car Bombs. Snappers will be serving its take on corned beef and cabbage, too.

Florida Keys Brewing Co.
Grab your green and get hungry. Florida Keys Brewing Co. is teaming up with M.E.A.T. eatery and taproom to feature classic Irish dishes at its St. Paddy’s Day celebration at its new taproom and beer garden. However, the Irish grub has been given slight a twist. The menu includes a Sheppard’s pie made with sweet potato, a homemade bratwurst sandwich with homemade sauerkraut and mustard. For those with a sweet tooth, M.E.A.T. is also planning on making its original bread pudding, only this time with Lucky Charms cereal and a creamy vanilla glaze. Hearty eats need hearty brews, so the brewery will feature craft beers like its Shenanigans Irish Red aged in Jack Daniels and Highlander Mocha Stout.

Dillon’s Pub & Grill
As one of the Upper Keys’ only Irish pubs, Dillon’s Pub and Grill is the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day. As part of their annual celebration, the pub is hosting an Irish faire beginning 11:30 a.m. On the menu this year is corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, bangers (Irish sausage) and mash, and the Irish bulldog — which is Irish sausage smothered with mashed potatoes, cheddar, bacon, and dijonnaise sauce. Supplies are limited, so get there early! Live music begins at 7 p.m. and runs until midnight. The pub is also welcoming the Jameson and Jägermeister girls to its celebration.


Key Colony Beach
The little Middle Keys town is planning its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Parade assembly begins at 4:30 p.m. at the 15th Street circle. All walkers meet at Sunset Park. The parade starts at 5 p.m. and will end at the intersection of 1st Street and East Ocean Drive. All organizations, clubs, animals, lodges and individuals are invited to wear green on their person, their bike, their car or their truck. For more details, contact Jack Crowley at 402-984-3888 or email jackcrowley@windstream.net.

Overseas Pub & Grill
Call Native Taxi at 305-304-9932 all day and all night for free rides to and from the Overseas, which will feature food and drink specials all day. Live music includes Jack Hinson from 1 to 5 p.m. and Happy Dog from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Bonus: A bagpiper at 5:30 and parade at 6 p.m.

Sunset Grille & Raw Bar
This Oceanside restaurant and bar with a view of the Seven Mile Bridge is planning a special green party. It starts with a DJ poolside spinning tunes with great deals on “Green Painkillers,” Jell-O Shots, Jameson and Guinness specials. There’s corned beef specials on the menu, plus March Madness on the TV.

Key Colony Inn
Get your Irish eyes smiling from noon to 9 p.m. There’ll be live music all day with John Bartus and friends. From noon to 4 p.m., enjoy corned beef and cabbage, $2 draft beer, mozzarella sticks, fried clam strips, sausage and peppers and buffalo style chicken wings. Then, from 4 to 9 p.m., the restaurant will serve a complete St. Patrick’s dinner in the Irish tradition. The restaurant will have its regular dinner menu as well. There will be traditional Irish dancers there, as well, to entertain and teach.

Sparky’s Landing
Corned beef and cabbage with carrots and potatoes? Check. Corned beef on rye and fries? Yes. Sparky’s, in its new location next to the Holiday Inn Express, MM 53.5, will also feature Guinness, Car Bombs, Irish whiskey and green beer.