When Dana writes her Sunday articles for Charlotte Smarty Pants, Going Green usually means helping the environment. Well, today’s Going Green is about celebrating all things Irish. This saturday, Charlotte will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day parade.
Last year, we packed the kids in the car, parked in Seventh Street station and walk up one block for the parade. It was a piece of cake! People lined Tryon Street, standing in the cold (with some rain) and having a great time. I was pleasantly surprised how many strollers were there. Kids were everywhere, having a great time, cheering and celebrating all of the floats as they went by. Green beads and other trinkets were handed out and the kids had a blast.
The parade was very family friendly – a bunch of local schools even have floats with children riding on them. Firetrucks, roller skaters and Irish dancers were some of the entertaining high lights. I was disappointed about the two floats that went by with college kids drinking beer and celebrating too much – but I guess it is the holiday of green beer.
The 13th Annual Charlotte Goes Green Festival will be held in Uptown Charlotte on Saturday, 3/14/09 from 10:00am – 6:30pm. The festival is on Tryon St. from 3rd to 1st St. The event will feature live Irish music, Irish dancers, Irish/Celtic & other vendors, a large children’s amusement area and plenty of food and beverages. It is free and open to the public. Check out http://www.charlottestpatsday.com/ for schedules and more details of the day’s activities.
So if you are up for celebrating St. Patty’s day, get your green on and head uptown this Saturday.