LoDoAn image from the Bellco St. Patrick’s Day Parade in March 2013. (Credit: John DiTirro, Examiner.com)

It doesn’t have to be all green beer and drunken shenanigans. St. Patrick’s Day is a holiday that the whole family can enjoy together. There are several different events happening all weekend long throughout the city, so you can plan the best ways to enjoy the day. Or, pick one or two daytime events for the kiddos, then hire a babysitter to watch them as mom and dad go out and party all night long. However you choose to spend St. Patrick’s Day, just remember to include the kiddos, because they like to celebrate the holiday as well.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Wynkoop St. and 19th St.
Denver, CO 80202

Date: March 15, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

As one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country, the 52nd annual parade is always a great event for the whole family. Get there early to stake out a good spot, make sure to wear all of your best green attire and get ready to have some fun as float after float of Irish celebration passes by. The theme for this year is “The Denver St. Patrick’s Day Golden Jubilee Celebration” and award-winning western musician Jon Chandler will be the Parade Grand Marshal. There will be music and dancing and lots of fun ways to celebrate the one day of the year when everyone is Irish.

Fado Irish Pub
1735 19th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(303) 297-0066

Date: March 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fado Irish Pub is always the talk of the town when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. Of course, once evening hits, Fado is strictly 21 and over, but during the day it is a family-friendly festival of Irish fun. Bring the kids early for music and festivities, and make sure to deck everyone out in their best green clothing. Fado usually turns over to adults only around 5 p.m. But the doors open at 10 a.m., so you’ll have plenty of time to celebrate with the whole family before the adult frivolities begin.

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Lucky Laces 5K/10K and Little Leprechaun Fun Run
City Park
17th Ave. and Colorado Blvd.
Denver, CO 80238

Date: March 15, 2014 at 9 a.m.

This annual run is a benefit for the Denver Urban Ministries and is a really great way to celebrate the day with the whole family. This third annual run takes you on a course through City Park with awards for top male and female in all age groups plus stroller awards and best Irish costume awards. There are several races to choose from including a family 5K or 10K and the Little Leprechaun 1K for children under 10. Once all of the running is over, you’ll also be able to stay for a fun after party where the whole family can celebrate their day.

Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul
Boettcher Concert Hall
1000 14th St.
Denver, CO 80202
(720) 865-4220

Date: March 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.

Introduce your family to the beauty of traditional Celtic music with Eileen Ivers and her band Immigrant Soul as they partner with the Colorado Symphony for one night of unforgettable Irish music. This concert is sure to wow the family as Eileen Ivers’ fiddler, who has been called “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by the New York Times, takes the stage. This concert is a great way to celebrate the holiday with the whole family while introducing your children to another world of music and the beauty of the Colorado Symphony..

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Running of the Green
17th St. and Wazee St.
Denver, CO 80202

Date: March 16, 2014 at 10:15 a.m.

The Running of the Green has been one of the premier Irish events in Colorado for more than 25 years. This annual race is another fun way to celebrate the big day with a family-friendly, healthy spin. The post-race party is always a lot of fun and the race itself is a huge event that draws people from all over the region. There is a 7K run/walk as well as a un-timed two-mile Leprechaun Leap. Make sure to dress up for the occasion and have some fun with this great annual event.

Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.