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From family-friendly parades to pub crawls, Dublin is your central Ohio St. Patrick’s Day headquarters

From family-friendly parades to pub crawls, Dublin is your central Ohio St. Patrick’s Day headquarters

Jack McLaughlin

Both the weekend before and after St. Patrick’s Day this year, Dublin is the place to be. And no, we’re not talking about the Irish city that’s over 3,500 miles away.

We mean Dublin, Ohio.

For the first time since 2019, Dublin will be hosting its Greenest, Grandest Parade.  The event–which will include the same giant balloon, stilt-walkers and marching bands that so many have come to love–-is a blast of family-friendly fun that will make its way through Historic Dublin. More than 100 different parade participants will take to the streets beginning at 11 a.m. 

Following the parade, children and adults of all ages are invited to take on Dublin’s Irish Fairy Door Trail, to keep the themed, family-friendly fun going. The trail, which includes a free Fairy Door Trail t-shirt, will take families through 11 Dublin businesses on a hunt to locate all the fairies.

And if Irish pubs and a little bit of bar-inspired fun is more your St. Patrick’s Day scene, Dublin has you covered here, too. The following weekend, on March 18, Downtown Dublin’s St. Paddy’s Pub Crawl will take place.

The free event, which will feature 16 popular Dublin bars located both in lively Bridge Park and Historic Dublin, will kick off at 1 p.m. Enjoy live music, special menu items and themed drinks like “Leprechaun Dust” and the “Shaken Shamrock”. You can find a list of all participating locations here, and all stops (in addition to The Dublin Link footbridge) are within the city’s Designated Outdoor Refreshment Area.

Passports can be picked up at Market Bar and 16-Bit Arcade+Bar/PINS in Bridge Park, in addition to Getaway Brewing and Missing Jimmy’s in Historic Dublin. Participants who turn in their completed passports with at least five stamps from participating bars will be entered to win the Pot O’ Gold Grand Prize, which includes a one-night stay at the AC Hotel in Dublin, a cabana and a $100 gift certificate at VASO’s rooftop lounge, tickets to the Dublin Irish Festival and hundreds of dollars in gift cards to Downown Dublin bars and restaurants. 

Want to read more? Check out our print publication, (614) Magazine. Learn where you can find a free copy of our new March issue here!

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