Weekend highlight: St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 12, Seattle; Irish Festival, March 12-13, Seattle Center; and Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show, March 12-13, Seattle.
St. Patrick comes ashore Friday, March 11, at Lake Union to kick off Irish Week’s big events, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 12, and Irish Festival on Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13.
Pirates of the Emerald Isle deliver St. Patrick to Seattle to commemorate his capture from Roman-era fifth-century Great Britain by pirates who sold him into slavery in Ireland. He escaped, then later returned as a missionary to convert the Irish to Christianity. Honored since then as the patron saint of Ireland and everything Irish, he is celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day by all of Irish heritage, real or honorary.
Local grand marshals and a delegation from Galway, Ireland, lead Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade’s marching bands, military honor guards, Irish dancers, Seattle police and Seattle firefighters bagpipe bands, Seafair clowns and pirates, Irish wolfhound and Irish setter dog clubs and Irish heritage groups making their way down Fourth Avenue to Westlake Park.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Landing:6 p.m. Friday, March 11, South Lake Union near MOHAI; Ride the Ducks boards 5 p.m. Friday, F.X. McRory’s, 419 Occidental Ave. S., to South Lake Union and back, free; Green Stripe Laying along the route of Saturday’s parade, 7 p.m. Friday, March 11
Parade: 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 12, Fourth Avenue from Jefferson Street to Westlake Park, Seattle
Time: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 12-13
Location: Seattle Center Armory, Seattle
Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 12-13
Cost: $14/adults; $12/ages 62 and older; $7/ages 4-14; ages 3 and younger free
Location: CenturyLink Field Event Center, 800 Occidental Ave. S., Seattle
The Irish Festival at Seattle Center on Saturday and Sunday shares Irish culture with music and dance performances, displays, lectures, workshops, a marketplace and kids activities. This year’s event honors the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising with exhibits and lectures on its role in Ireland’s fight for independence. The festival also features Irish Reels Film Festival free movie screenings, a display of DeLorean DMC-12 sports cars produced in Belfast and a drawing for a vacation in Galway.
Also this weekend, the Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show hosts more than a thousand dogs a day and thousands more of their fans Saturday and Sunday, March 12-13, at CenturyLink Field Event Center. Labrador retrievers, America’s longtime top dog, lead the way with 41 competitors, and other popular breeds are well-represented, along with exotic breeds you’re unlikely to see at your local dog park such as Nederlandse Kooikerhondje spaniels, Berger Picard herding dogs and the American Hairless Terrier. Besides Best of Show, dogs compete in obedience, agility and rally, and perform in demonstrations including herding, disc dogs and dancing. Amy, the trained pig who was a big hit at last year’s show, returns this year celebrating her most recent honor, Most Dog-Like Animal at The CW Network’s World Dog Awards.
If you’re thinking of adding a dog to your family, local breeders and dog clubs host more than 50 Meet the Breed meet-and-greet events with dogs and their owners, along with vendors offering an assortment of canine products. You can tell your dog all about it when you get home; only dogs entered in the show are allowed at the event.