by Laura Kocum
on Friday, March 16th, 2018 at 8:14am.
This weekend, don your best green attire and head downtown to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Several restaurants and bars have special events planned for the weekend, but the fun isn't just the food and drink. Be sure to check out these events, beginning Saturday morning:
This 5K run/walk or 10K race raises money for the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County and the Dyslexia Center of Madison. Participants meet at the Pyle Center, and race starts at 10 a.m. near the corner of State and Lake Streets. Green attire, fun costumes and St. Patrick's Day themed props are encouraged. Strollers are welcome, but organizers ask that you leave your dogs at home (an insurance issue). There is still time to register, but registration is capped at 5000 participants. You can register online through Friday, and pick up your race packet at Fleet Feet locations Friday afternoon, or at the Pyle Center on Saturday morning.
Following the race, make your way to Madison's Capitol Square, and prepare for the 21st Annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Each year, the parade brings a variety of floats, performers and colorful costumes to Downtown Madison. At noon, Ireland's flag will be raised in the Capitol Rotunda. At 1:30, the parade begins at the corner of Hamilton and Mifflin Streets. It will then follow the Capitol Square, and exit at East Washington Avenue. Expect Irish Dancers, Leprechuans, and lots of fun. The parade raises money for the UW Carbone Cancer Center, Gigi's Playhouse and Logan's Heart and Smiles.
Other Family Events:
Aside from St. Patrick's Day, Downtown Madison offers some additional family fun. Overture Center for the Arts hosts "Kids in the Rotunda" on Saturday morning. This week, they'll host the Limanya Drum and Dance ensemble for lively, free performances at 9:30, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The Madison Central Library will offer corresponding activities and art projects.
This weekend is sure to offer some fun memories for all ages and interests! Head downtown to enjoy the fun.