St. Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated around the world, including Washington DC. The District celebrates the holiday with parades, events and various celebrations. Whether you are of Irish descent or just love the holiday, you will find something fun to do. Here are the best parades and celebrations on St. Patrick’s Day in Washington, D.C.

DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Constitution Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC

Date: March 15, 2015

This year will mark the 44th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, D.C. Having grown over the years, the parade is now one of the biggest parades of the year in the city. It is a celebration of more than just a holiday, it is a celebration of Irish culture. The two-hour event features dancers, marching bands, pipe and drum bands, floats and much more. This year’s theme is “Irish Heart In the Nation’s Capital.” Whether you are Irish or have an Irish heart, you and your family will enjoy this parade.

The Dubliner
4 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-3773

Date: March 15-17, 2015

The Dubliner hosts live Irish music every month. So while they don’t need St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture, they certainly know how to. The Irish pub will also be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so expect the place to go all out. On St. Patrick’s Day, there will be live music from Jimmy Rafferty and Paddy Halligan, John McGrath and Morris Minor. Enjoy live Irish music, food, great company and, of course, some Guinness.

Ri Ra Irish Pub
3123 M St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 751-2111

Date: March 17, 2015

Ri Ra is one of Georgetown’s favorite bars for its great happy hour, brunch and events. And it has an excellent late-night scene with DJs and live music. For St. Patrick’s Day, Ri Ra will have all of that and more. It packs a parade’s worth of entertainment throughout the day, including a traditional Irish breakfast. It’s a great restaurant and bar on any day, but it’s even better on St. Patrick’s Day. Try some of its authentic Irish whiskey before you end the night.

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Logan Tavern
1423 P St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 332-3710

Date: March 17, 2015

The extremely popular 14th Street neighborhood in DC is packed with trendy restaurants and bars. Logan Tavern has had a home in this popular neighborhood for over a decade. A part of the Eat Well DC family, the restaurant gets its produce directly from its own farm, which means you will have some great farm-to-table food at reasonable prices on St. Patrick’s Day. The restaurant often has holiday specials that celebrate the spirit of the day. Go to the tavern for a healthy, fun St. Patrick’s Day.

Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade
699 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 396-1049

Date: March 15, 2015

Baltimore has its own fun St. Patrick’s Day Parade that rivals the District’s. Starting at the Washington Monument, the parade travels down busy Pratt and Charles streets. The parade will feature dancers, live music and many groups showcasing aspects of Irish culture. Dance along with the traditional pipe bands, wave to the Mayor and Governor, and don’t forget your green. Make sure you get a good seat for this over half-a-century-old parade.

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