Last weekend’s parade was just a warm-up for plenty of other St. Patrick’s Day events.
Missed the St. Patty’s Day Parade in A.C. on March 10? Not to fret, there’s lots more happening to celebrate this — the real St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
The new kid on the block (until Revel opens next month), Golden Nugget, is hosting a “Wear Green, Win Green” party on St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday, March 17) at the Live Bar. It will feature a Naughty Leprechaun Contest, live music by local favorite rockers Seven Stone, and DJ Michael James spinning hits between live sets. There will be a $500 grand prize for the sexiest green outfit, and Jameson drink specials will be the order of the night. The cover is $10 and doors open 9pm.
What’s being called “Atlantic City’s Official Irish Festival” will happen Saturday in Resorts Ballroom, with live entertainment, Irish food and green beer. The fun starts at noon and goes to 7pm, and admission is free with a Star Card ($5 without one). JoJo and Scotty of 103.7 WMGM’s The Morning Edge will host the party.
The festival will feature award-winning Celtic band Mythica, which will play three sets throughout the day. Dubbed “Celtic fusionists,” Mythica (Melissa Cox, Matt Smith, Erin Flynn, Tim Kelly and Michele McCann) fuses Irish and Scottish instruments like the mandolin, fiddle, bass and woodwinds with other influences and genres including Hawaiian and South American surf rock to produce a completely unique sound. The band has played in Atlantic City in the past, but will be making its Resorts debut Saturday.
“We love playing in Atlantic City,” says lead singer Cox. “The lively and fun atmosphere connects us and our music to the audience, and everybody has a great time.”
To warm up for the event, hit Resorts’ Night Fever dance club Friday night, March 16, for its Irish Weekend Kick-off Party starting 9pm. Wear green and between 9-11pm admission is free.
The Rí Rá Irish Pub in The Quarter at Tropicana is teaming up with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for the sixth year to present “Shave the Way to Conquer Kids’ Cancer.” The clippers will come out at noon Saturday, compliments of The Salon at Tropicana, and spectators are welcome and encouraged to make donations to individuals or team shave-ees. All proceeds benefit the volunteer-driven St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which researches childhood cancer cures and helps prolong the lives of survivers. The Rí Rá will also host a great live music slate and a traditional Irish menu. Live music starts Thursday, March 15, with Eleven Eleven (starting 11pm) followed by the Riley Brothers from Ireland on Friday (11pm) and Saturday (11am and 4pm). Saturday’s entertainment will also include Irish dancers at 3pm and The Rogues at 10pm. Sunday morning at the Ri Ra will feature a “Hangover Brunch” starting 10am.
Other local hot spots hosting special St. Patrick’s Day events include the East Bay Crab & Grille (6701 Black Horse Pike in EHT) on Friday night with DJ Bill and karaoke 6-11pm, a free hot-n-cold buffet, the Tullamore Dew Girls from 6-8pm, Irish dancers, free giveaways and lots of food and drink specials.
Cellar 32 in Brigantine (32nd St. and Revere Blvd.) will have a party with live music by John Bewley and drink specials including $10 Irish trash cans, $4 Irish car bombs, $5 Irish martinis and $4 Guinness pints. Also in Brigantine, St. George’s Pub (4282 Harbor Beach Blvd.) will host a party from 6-11pm featuring bagpiper Michael F. Bell, drink specials and authentic fare like corned beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, and Irish lamb stew in a bread bowl.
Skelly’s Hi Point Pub (5 N. Shore Rd.) in Absecon will have bagpipers and karaoke, plus a special Irish menu.
All money raised through a $10 cover charge will be divided and dispersed among two non-profit organizations — the Brigantine Marine Mammal Stranding Center and the Ocean City Repertory Theatre — each of which was severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
Sure, the obligatory green food coloring will once again find its way into copious kegs of beer when St. Patrick’s Day weekend (March 16-18) arrives, but there’s so much more to look forward to if you’re fortunate enough to be in the Atlantic City area then
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