St. Patrick’s Day Celebration on the Fountain Square
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM, Saturday, March 16
Fountain Square, Downtown Cincinnati
The event is family friendly. Fountain Square will host the official St. Patrick’s Day celebration on Saturday, March 16th from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Traditional Irish fare, merchandise, dancing and live entertainment will be served up, courtesy of Claddagh’s Irish Pub, CTM Merchandise and, of course, Guinness. The entertainment line-up includes New York City’s finest Irish Rock Band, The Prodigals, who hail themselves as “a group of lads who fuse Irish traditional music with rock and jazz.” The Prodigals will play Fountain Square from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday. Fountain Square will also host 9 Castle Close from noon to 1:00 p.m., delivering “Celtic rock tunes, electrifying instrumental sets and innovative originals with a high level of musicianship.” Performers will include the Kreellers, from Belleville, Michigan, one of the hottest bands on the Celtic music circuit, and returning favorite Roger Drawdy & the Firestarters, a high-powered Irish Rock band performing original and traditional music “with an intensity that shakes the ground and fills the air with pure joy, light and energy.” The giant Fountain Square LED screen will showcase the world’s oldest and largest annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, live from New York City, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
2013 Cincinnati St. Patrick Parade
12:00 PM, Saturday, March 16 (Rain or Shine)
Parade begins at Eggleston & Reedy, thru Central Parkway, Sycamore, 5th Street and end on Sentinel.
The 47th Cincinnati St. Patrick Parade is produced by the Cincinnati St. Patrick Parade Committee consisted of residents from both Ohio and Northern Kentucky. This year, the parade has elected Nick Clooney as the 2013 Honorary Grand Marshal. Nick Clooney is now known internationally for his work as a journalist, author, activist and humanitarian. In 2012 the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber named Nick Clooney one of the greatest living Cincinnatians. He is an Irish descendent, and he lives in the Greater Cincinnati currently. The Event is free.
Closing Night, Film screening and Panel Discussion with Reel-Abilities Cincy Disabilities Film Festival
7:00 – 9:30 PM, Saturday, March 16
Contemporary Arts Center
ReelAbilities is the largest film festival in the country to showcase the artistic talents and life stories of people with disabilities. In 2011, Cincinnati joined New York and made the festival a multi-city event. This Saturday, March 16, is the Closing Night of ReelAbilities: Cincinnati. Film Outsider: The Life and Art of Judith Scott will be presented with a post-screening Q&A session with panel. In this award-winning film, Judith Scott creates body-like sculptures from found objects. She has Down syndrome, is deaf and does not speak. These sculptures are her most complex means of communication. Judith had become a famous “outsider artist,” proving the power of artistic expression and the importance of a loving family. The event starts at 7 with one-hour cocktail mingling, and the seating will begin at 8. It is free, but pre-registration on ReelAbilities website is recommended.
2013 Mercy Health Heart Mini Marathon
Health and Fitness Expo: 10:30 AM – 5:00 PM at Duke Energy Center
6:00 AM, Sunday, March 17, Beginning at Fountain Place Mall (next to Tiffany’s on Vine Street)
Registration: Online registration has closed, but in-person registration is available at the Saturday Expo or on Sunday the registration booth to pick up packets.
Distance of the Run: 9.47 miles/15.23 km
Route: Beginning at Fountain Place Mall (next to Tiffany’s on Vine and 6th), out and back on Columbia Parkway, and finishing on 5th and Broadway
Attributes: out & back, mixed flat & hills, roads
This Sunday, March 17, come out and join the crowd for a 15k along the scenery river bank. The 15k registration starts at 6am and embark at 7:45. There will also be 5k at 10:30 am, 2k mini mara fun run for ages 8 to 12 at 11:30 am, 5k/10k heart walk at 12pm and 1k steps for stroke following the Heart Walk.
Crowds are expected so please allow yourself ample time to get to park, get your packet and get to the starting line. Picking up the packet on Saturday at the expo is highly encouraged.
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Washington Park
10:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Sunday, March 17
Washington Park, Over-the-Rhine
This Sunday, March 17 at Washington Park, come and enjoy the one-of-a-kind St. Patrick’s Day celebration with traditional Irish fare, merchandise, dancing and live entertainment, courtesy of Claddagh’s Irish Pub, CTM Merchandise and, of course, Guinness. The entertainment line-up features performances by the Kreellers, the McGing Irish Dancers, Silver Arm, the Celtic Rhythm Dancers and MORE!
Parking is available at the underground garage of the Park.
2013 Performance Schedule:
11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. McGing Irish Dancers
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Fintan
1:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Pipers
1:30 p.m. –2:15 p.m. Erickson Academy of Dance
2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pipers
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Changeling
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Celtic Rhythm Dancers
4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Pipers
4:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Dulahan
5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. McGing Irish Dancers
6:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The Kreellers
Over-the-Rhine Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Star Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, April 2
Keynote UC President Santa Ono
Annual star awards to individuals and businesses that have contributed greatly in the past year.
2013 Asian Food Cook-Off
1:00 – 3:00 PM, Sunday, March 17
Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine
The Asian food cook-off contest is part of the Asian Food Fest. Since 2010, local Asian restaurants and various Asian community organizations have gathered to showcase authentic Asian cuisine and merchandise. This Sunday on March 17 at Findlay market from 1pm to 3pm, the 3rd contest of the cook-off series will challenge the finest culinary minds on the topic of “Rolls.” Rolls are usually served as an appetizer with dipping sauces that are almost as good as the rolls themselves. Coming in form of raw, fried, braised and steamed, rolls are popular in various Asian countries. The previous two contests featured congee and curry. The final cook-off will about Asian BBQ. The Cook-Off is FREE to enter and FREE to attend and taste. Proceeds from the Cook-Off will be used to host the Asian Food Fest.
The Asian Food Fest was founded in 2010 as a fundraising event for Care 2 Share, a non-profit organization of Vietnamese-American volunteers who work to provide funding, ideas and the human touch to the people of Vietnam.