Luck of the Irish: Southwest Florida ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day

The Harp and Thistle Pipe Band marches up Fifth Avenue South in the 33rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Naples. Several thousand people turned out for the two-hour-long parade along Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South. David Albers/Staff

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The Harp and Thistle Pipe Band marches up Fifth Avenue South in the 33rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Naples. Several thousand people turned out for the two-hour-long parade along Third Street South and Fifth Avenue South. David Albers/Staff

The Emerald Isle is an ocean away, but everyone is a little Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you prefer to celebrate with a parade, Irish music or just eat some corned beef and cabbage you can find it this weekend in Southwest Florida. For more events, go to naplesnews.com/stpatricksday.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

Party in the parking lot

What: Irish fare and concert by U2 tribute band

When: 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Fitzgeralds, 9070 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs

Information: 239-949-2111

St. Patrick's Day kickoff party

What: Drink specials including $5 Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp, $5 car bombs and Jameson shots. Live music with GLT from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

When: Starting at 3 p.m.

Where: The Pub Naples, 9118 Strada Place, Naples

Information: 239-594-2748

SATURDAY, MARCH 17

■ St. Patrick's Day

What: Live music during the day, karaoke starting at 9 p.m.

When: Starting at 7 a.m.

Where: Grumpy's Ale House, 8935 U.S. 41 N., Naples

Information: 239-566-3200

■ St. Patrick's Day celebration

What: Includes traditional Irish fare, music and beer

When: Starting at 8 a.m.

Where: McCabe's Irish Pub, 699 Fifth Ave. S., Naples

Information: 239-403-7170

Outdoor entertainment schedule: 1 to 3:30 p.m. West of Galway, 1:50 to 2:50 p.m. Irish Step Dancers & Celtic Spirit School of Irish Dance, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Steve Farst Trio, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Rick Krive, 9 p.m. to midnight the Derek Trenholm Band

Pub entertainment schedule: 1 to 3 p.m. Cliff Erickson, 3 to 6 p.m. Matt Jolie, 6 p.m. to midnight Jerry Pellegrino

St. Patrick's Day celebration

What: Kegs and eggs from 8 to 10 a.m., Irish food and drink specials including: $3 green beer, $5 Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp, $5 car bombs and Jameson shots

When: 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Where: The Pub Naples, 9118 Strada Place, Naples

Information: 239-594-2748

Entertainment schedule: Deb and the Dynamics noon to 4 p.m. and Pub Mustard 6 to 10 p.m.

Rookery Bay

What: Buy-one, get-one-free admission if both guests wear green, for up to four people. Naturalist-led programs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. will discuss wildlife "green" camouflage.

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center, 300 Tower Road, Naples.

Cost: $5 adults, $3 children 6-12, free children under 6

Information: 239-417-6310

Flag raising

What: Tribute to veterans and active military and public service personnel. Performers from Opera Naples' young artist program will perform Irish songs

When: 9:30 a.m.

Where: The Dock at Crayton Cove, 845 12th Ave. S., Naples

34th annual St. Patrick's Day parade

What: Parade featuring pipe bands, Irish step dancers, local high school marching bands, clowns, stilt walkers, floats and St. Patrick

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Begins at St. Ann Church, corner of Third Street South and Ninth Avenue South, Naples; north on Third Street South; turning onto Fifth Avenue South; down Eighth Street South; and ending at Crayton Cove, Naples.

Something else: This year’s grand marshal is Colleen O’Sullivan Kvetko, president and CEO of Shamrock Bank of Florida. The 2012 Little Miss Smiling Irish Eyes is Emily Jodi Oplt, a third grader at the Village School of Naples.

Information: 239-436-0050

St. Patrick’s Day Bash

What: Day of food, games and competitions

When: Starting at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Fitzgeralds, 9070 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs

Cost: $5 cover

Entertainment schedule: Noon to 6 p.m. No Nay Never Band, 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. Harp and Thistle Band, 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. West of Galway, 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tir Na Nog

Something else: VIP Patio dining deal, includes table, limited complimentary drinks, choice of entrée and chance to win a trip to Ireland, $55.

Information: 239-949-2111

SUNDAY, MARCH 18

Hair of the Dog that Bit You

What: Brunch with Bloody Mary Bar and Brunch Cocktails.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: The Pub Naples, 9118 Strada Place, Naples

Information: 239-594-2748

Celtic Spectacular

What: Jigs, folk songs, reels and choral music featuring Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy and William Larsen, principal flute of the Southwest Florida Symphony

When: 3 p.m.

Where: First Baptist Church, 1735 Jackson St., Fort Myers.

Cost: Free, donations benefit Footsteps to the Future

Information: 239-334-7747

IRISH FOOD

The following restaurants will offer Irish specials on Saturday

■ Artichoke and Company: Corned beef and cabbage, Shepherd’s pie, glazed carrots, parsley new potatoes and Irish soda bread for 10 or more people, $14 per person. Pick-up is at 1410 Rail Head Blvd., North Naples. 239-263-6979

Capt. Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar: Corned beef and cabbage meal, $13.99 lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and $17.99 dinner 3 p.m. to close. 599 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island. 239- 389-6900

Charlie Chiang's: Go green roll, $10; green dragon roll, $16; crispy green onion pancake $5; green jade soup, $4, green ma-la noodles, $10; and a green combo in a Bento Box, $20.99. 4 p.m. to close. 12200 U.S. 41 N., North Naples.239-593-6688

Larry’s Lunch Box: Corned beef and cabbage with potatoes, carrots and a slice of rye bread, $12.95. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2650 Airport-Pulling Road, East Naples. 239-775-2500

■ Mel’s Diner: Corned beef and cabbage with boiled potatoes and carrots and split pea soup, $11.99. Bring your passport that has been stamped in Ireland and you will receive a free beer. 3650 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-643-9898 and 12035 Collier Blvd., Golden Gate, 239-455-4242

■ Skillets: Breakfast of corned beef hash over Irish potatoes Colcannon served with an Irish rock cake scone for $9.75. Corned beef melt topped with Dubliner Irish cheese over an Irish muffin with Irish potatoes Colcannon for $10 for lunch. 5461 Airport-Pulling Road N., North Naples, 239-566-1999; 4170 U.S. 41 N., Naples, 239-262-3788; and 9174 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-992-9333

■ The Wharf Tavern Restaurant: Traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, $21.99 and Irish lobster with French fries and cole slaw, $15.99. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at 909 10th St. S., Naples. 239-331-4053

Whole Foods Market: St. Patrick’s Day block party with sampling from noon to 1:30 p.m. at 9101 Strada Place, Naples. Customers wearing green will receive a free reusable bag while supplies last. 239-552-5100

Wynn’s Market: Sample bread and Irish foods. 141 U.S. 41 S., Naples. 239-261-7157

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