When the lines running down the center of King Street transform from white to green, we know the Irish are not far behind and the celebration is on!  Sponsored by the Irish Culture Club of Delaware, the annual St. Patrick's Day parade steps off at noon in downtown Wilmington on March 9, ending with a traditional Irish hooley (celebration) with music and step dancing until 3 PM.  

Continue the festivities into the evening with Out & About Magazine's St. Paddy’s Day Loop, an annual bar crawl featuring local pubs in Trolley Square, an area known for its spirited and lively vibe, and  location in downtown Wilmington. Highlights include Trolley Square Oyster House, DE.CO downtown and Trolley Tap House

For more St. Patrick's festivities visit these local favorites: 

Catherine Rooney’s, named after two strong Irish mothers, continues to carry the spirit of their ancestors with a relaxed atmosphere, Irish craic, great food, and drinks. 

Kelly’s Logan House is Delaware’s oldest Irish bar and the oldest continuously family-owned Irish bar in the country. The bar has been the state’s hub for St. Patrick’s Day for nearly 150 years.

Kid Shelleen's is known for throwing a party or two. From March 9th through March 17th grab your green attire and join in the festivities for a week of Irish favorites, beer specials and more. 

If you're looking for something more out of the box this year, hop on board the Wilmington and Western Railroad for their St. Patrick's Day Brews on Board event on March 15th. Bellefonte Brewing Company will be supplying libations for tasting pleasures on a leisurely one and a half hour train ride through the beautiful scenes of Greater Wilmington. Grab your tickets while supplies last! 

If the Irish pubs and boozy train ride aren’t enough for an all-day St. Paddy’s Day celebration, head to one or more of the area's local breweries, pubs or taverns for an Irish Mule, or specialty cocktail to close out the day. Celebrate from the top of the mornin’ until late in the evening.   

Whether you are Irish, a wee bit Irish, or just pretending to be Irish, it’s always fun to   celebrate. So, get out your green, do an Irish jig, and come join the festivities in Wilmington, Delaware!