St. Patrick’s Day celebrations around Grand Junction
Free Press Writer
It’s luck of the Irish — there’s lots to do for St. Patty’s Day in Grand Junction, this year landing on Monday, March 17. Celebrate by drinking green beer, eating traditional Irish foods, and dancing the night away.
Leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, local Irish watering hole Naggy McGee’s will take over the parking lot between their establishment and the Melrose Hotel with a St. Patty’s extravaganza. Events will run Saturday, March 15 through Monday, March 17.
The three-day party will feature a beer tent with brews from Kannah Creek, Oskar Blues Brewing Company, the Breckenridge Brewery, Odell Brewing Company and Budweiser.
Brian Oliver, Naggy’s general manager said they’ll have “Reubens outside and we’ll do a special with our fish and chips,” to keep bellies full. Inside, guests can get special pricing on traditional corned beef and cabbage and shepherd’s pie.
Each day’s festivities will be complete with music, with the Rocky Mountain Scots, a traditional Irish band and Goodman keeping the party going on Saturday. Sunday will feature a traditional bagpipe performance, and bands 5th Reel and the Tankerays will join the bagpipers for Monday’s festivities.
Oliver assures there will be “plenty of security outside, and you must be 21 and over to be in the beer tent.”
The party will start each day at noon and continue outside until the sun sets and continue inside for the remainder of business hours.
LA PUERTA BALLROOM
La Puerta Ballroom, at 523 ½ Main St., will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17, with a themed lessons and an open dance, as well as a costume contest.
“We always celebrate holidays with themed parties,” Ann MacCreery, front desk receptionist and mother of La Puerta owner David Riley, said.
Past parties have included Valentine’s Day and a New Year’s Eve celebration.
“We start at 7:10 p.m. with a lesson,” MacCreery said.
After the lesson on East Coast Swing dancing, the floor will open up at 8 p.m. with an open dance and costume contest.
“We encourage the appearance of elves, fairies, lucky charms, four-leaf clovers, Derby (hats), and lot’s of green,” a release for the event said.
MacCreery hopes that people downtown celebrating the holiday might stop in for part of their evening.
“Some people, after drinking that green beer might want to go dancing,” she said.
COLORADO MESA UNIVERSITY
To celebrate a significant month, Colorado Mesa University’s International Student Alliance will be serving up St. Patty’s food and fun along with their usual international cuisine and performances.
On Monday, March 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in CMU’s University Center, a traditional Irish band will play and guests will be invited to take pictures in a themed photo booth.
The alliance’s monthly Café Night on Thursday will feature international dishes in the university cafeteria and a traditional bagpipe performance from 5-7 p.m.
“We’re going to have dishes from three different countries,” Celina Sarabia, student director of CMU’s Cultural Diversity Board said.
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