Here's a look at the festival and a peek into what to see and do to at the big St. Patrick's Day festival in Columbia, SC
First, the annual Get to the Green 5K/10K
kicks off bright and early at 7:30 am
. The Festival kicks off at 9:00 am
, and at 10:00 am
, the St. Pat's Parade
starts its musical mile from Devine Street though Five Points
So get out your green and get dressed to impress... and avoid a pinch! (These guys did.)
But if you're in need of a little more Irish swag, no worries. There will be plenty of St. Pat's gear at the festival!
Bring the wee ones along. St. Pat's is for the kids, too! Rides, games, entertainment, a petting zoo, face painting and more will be at the Pot O' Gold Playland. Plus, the playland is free and there is entertainment lined up starting at 10:00 am.
Enjoy South Carolina's state dance at Shaggin' on Santee. Watch or join!
Eat festival fare at one of four food court areas: Old Shamrock Court, Bad Limerick Lounge, St. Pat's Plate or The Blarney Bite.
Or sit back and relax at the Five Points restaurants open for the festival.
After the festival, don't forget that free Checker Yellow Cabs are available to get you home safely. Stop by official festival headquarters near the Five Points fountain for more information.
Will you be here for a 'surprisingly Irish' weekend in Columbia, SC? Order advance tickets
for $12 through March 15 at 3:00 pm, or purchase tickets for $15 at the gate by credit card and cash. Keep up with St. Pat's in Five Points on Facebook and Twitter.