Step to it for St. Patrick's Day

Baltimore parade, 5K and brunch take place Saturday

March 10, 2011|By Brittany Santarpio, The Baltimore Sun

Celebrate the holiday early when Baltimore's St. Patrick's Day Parade kicks off on Sunday. The parade is back on its original course this year after some construction detours. Follow the parade as it hits the ground running from the Washington Monument, moves on to Charles Street, hangs left on Pratt Street and wraps up at the Inner Harbor.

To prevent running on an empty stomach, kick off the morning with a hearty brunch at the James Joyce Pub. From there, participants will race to the finish line in the Shamrock 5K race that begins at 1:15 p.m. at Charles and Franklin streets.

The parade kicks off at 2 p.m. Thousands will line the pavement as parade participants march to the beat of traditional Irish music.

This year the Line of March includes Baltimore's Marching Ravens, the Na Fianna Irish Pipe Band, the Woodland String Band, the Egan School of Irish Dance as well as state officials and guests from local high schools. Troops of Irish dancers and bagpipers decked in kilts follow suit behind festively decorated floats.

With more than 2,000 participants and thousands of guests, the Baltimore St. Patrick's Day Parade is the largest in the state of Maryland. Running since 1956, the day allows people to be a part of a highly visible community event.

Fundraising efforts and donations have helped keep this Baltimore tradition alive. Event fundraisers include one scheduled for May 14 at Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant.

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