Some early St. Patty’s Day festivities are happening this weekend

Weekend Round-Up: March 11 and 12

Billed as “America’s largest St. Paddy’s Day festival,”  ShamrockFest will take place at RFK Stadium from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. this Saturday, March 11.

The event includes multiple stages with performances by some of the biggest names in Irish rock such as The Dropkick Murphys, House of Pain, and The Fighting Jamesons.  In addition to the music, there will be plenty of brews, Irish dancers and bagpipes, carnival rides, and contests.

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The St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been held annually in Washington, D.C., since 1971.  This year’s parade will be held along Constitution Ave., from 7th to 17th Streets, N.W., starting at 12 noon on Sunday, March 12.

A celebration of Irish culture, the two-hour parade  will feature more than 100 marching bands, military units, dance schools, floats and a variety of other groups and organizations.  The parade is free and open to the public; however, ticketed seating in the grandstands are available.

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Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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