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The St. Patrick’s Day drive-through parade is sold out, but here’s how you can watch it — and more events

17March 2021

The streets of St. Paul won’t be a sea of green for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and festivities on Wednesday. Because of COVID restrictions, the annual parade has been switched to a standing parade in the parking lot of the old Sears building near the State Capitol. Viewers will drive through.

And though the 150 tickets for the noon event are long gone, you can still watch the parade, called the Irish Mask-arade, virtually on the St. Paul St. Patrick’s Association’s facebook page, @stpatsmn.

St. Patrick’s Day music and dance festivities at Landmark Center have also gone virtual, with three sets of performances at 8:30 a.m., 12:30 and 5:30 p.m. on March 17. Each set will include Irish music, Irish dance and Irish theater, according to information from Landmark Center.

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Musicians include Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson, student ensembles from the Center for Irish Music, the Eddies, Clairseach, Rupalai, Dórain, the Two Tap Trio, Dunquin and the Hounds of Finn.

The virtual events are hosted by The Irish Music and Dance Association, which has been offering family-friendly activities on St. Paddy’s at Landmark since 1983. There’s also a special Children’s Set of interactive offerings, available all day on the IMDA website. All of the virtual events will be available on the IMDA website, the new IMDA YouTube Channel, IMDA’s Facebook Page, and on Landmark Center’s website and Facebook pages. For more info: landmarkcenter.org.

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