Cape May County will go green this St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a range of especially shamrockin’ celebrations. Both Irishmen and non-Irishmen alike won’t want to miss these spirited special events.
First things first, let’s talk parades. Sea Isle City’s 2014 Saint Patrick’s Day Parade will take place Saturday, March 15th. The route will proceed along Landis Avenue from 93rd to 63rd Street. For more information, call 609-263-4461, ext. 1230.
North Wildwood will also host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Parade on this Saturday, the 15th. The festive ceremony begins on the steps of North Wildwood City Hall, at 10th & Atlantic Avenues, at 11:30 am that morning. The parade will kick off at noon and will proceed north on Atlantic Avenue to Olde New Jersey Avenue. For details, call 609-522-2955 or visit http://www.NorthWildwood.com.
Post-parade, the Wildwoods island will gear up for an awesome ride aboard the Erin Express. Sport your shamrocks and Kelly Green and hop aboard. First stop, Mulligans of 310 West Hildredth Avenue! Enjoy live music with Dave Caitlin all night long. Plus, Mulligans is celebrating Patty’s Day Eve with $5.50 burgers and quesadillas all day Sunday.
Next up on the party tour comes Dogtooth Bar & Grill of New Jersey Avenue. Aside from Erin Express specials, Dogtooth will host a full weekend of St. Patty’s Day fun. Don’t miss Name That Tune on Friday at 9 pm, or A Minor Error taking the stage on Saturday at 9:30 pm.
After Dogtooth, the Erin Express will head north along New Jersey Avenue and make a stop at Island Bowl for some brews and bowling. Owen’s Pub is stop number 6 on the Erin Express route and is ready to Patty’s Day party. DJ Mikey D will begin the Name That Tune challenge at 9 pm. Are you smarter than a bartender? Return on Sunday at 8 pm and find out.
Next, the Erin Express heads for North Wildwood’s entertainment district and makes a stop at Flip Flopz to join in on the Post-Parade Party. For those who can’t wait for the bus to make its way there, this annual shindig will kick off at noon following the procession of the parade and will feature live Irish music all day and night long. Plus, with the luck of the Irish, you may just win one of the two custom bikes Flip Flopz will be giving away Saturday night!
From there, the party will head across the street to Westy’s Irish Pub where bartenders will be serving up drink specials from shots, shakes and floats to their ever popular “Dirty Nellie.” Westy’s will also feature live DJ entertainment all weekend long by DJ Mollo and DJ Jerry Smith.
After completing the Erin Express tour, celebrate St. Patty’s day where the Irish come to play at Casey’s on Third, voted best Irish Bar 2012 and located just a few blocks away at Third & New York. Casey’s features live entertainment all weekend long, including the Sindi Raymond Band on Saturday night. Try your luck as Casey’s features giveaways throughout the weekend.
Over at 18th & New Jersey, join Woody’s Place for an amazing list of Irish drink and dinner specials! Choose from the Ham & Cabbage, Pan Fried Garlic Rib Eye, and Broiled Salmon entrees or go for the Guinness Battered Cod Fish for a taste of Ireland’s best.
Rather hit the Pacific Avenue nightlife? Ring in Patty’s Day at Wildwood’s oldest Irish Bar, the Shamrock Café. A tradition since 1937, the Shamrock will be celebrating with live music by Billy Jack all weekend long and by First Highland Watch, a Pipe Brigade Rock Band, beginning Saturday the 15th at 8 pm. Show your Irish pride with Irish party favors and free face painting. But the celebration is not complete until you grab a tall glass of their special green beer!
Offshore, the Rio Station will be celebrating the luck of the Irish for three full days, from March 15th through 17th. Feast on Corned Beef & Cabbage, Guiness Stew, and Ham & Cabbage or sample Irish cocktails, a pint of Guinness, and specialty desserts! On Sunday and Monday the 16th and 17th, the Bellevue Tavern of Cape May Court House invites you to wear your green proudly and join them for Ham ‘N Cabbage plus great beer specials. The Bellevue will also feature “Irish Happy Hour” prices all day long.
Over the bridge in Cape May, the Pilot House will ring in St. Patty’s with Irish music and lots of food specials. Farther north, the Tuckahoe Inn wishes everyone a very happy holiday and invites all to come celebrate!
Finally, no St. Patty’s Day is complete without your fill of homemade Irish Potatoes. At Fudge Kitchen, modestly they say, “ours are the best!” So that all of their Wildwoods friends can snag their fresh boxes, the Fudge Kitchen is open daily at Roberts Avenue on the boardwalk and on weekends at 22nd Street.
With a weekend line-up this promising, it’s sure to be a happy St. Patrick’s Day. Bask in the bagpipes, show your shamrock pride, live it up, and drink it down! Slainte!