St. Patrick’s day isn’t just corned beef and cabbage, green beer and carousing in a pub while ‘raising a pint’ (although that can be fun too). Las Vegas has numerous celebrations suitable for the youngest child as well as the seasoned adult. From a parade and festival, stories and a traditional run to a medieval jousting tournament (with real horses and knights), it’s a fantasy come to life this St. Patrick’s Day.
2014 St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Las Vegas
Henderson Events Plaza
200 Water St.
Henderson, NV 89015
Dates: March 13-16, 2014
The Henderson Events Plaza is home to the 48th Annual Southern Nevada Sons & Daughters of Erin St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival. Celebrate the luck of the Irish during this party filled with activities for all ages, including a carnival, festival, car show and even live entertainment. This is not just a parade, it’s an event where families can enjoy the theme of Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Irish style. The parade will take place March 15 at 10 a.m. along Water Street.
Get Your Green On!
100 W. Lake Mead Parkway
Henderson, NV 89015
(702) 564-9287, Opt. 4
Date: March 13, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Celebrate the luck of the Irish by wearing green for this special library event. Children between the ages of five and 11 are invited to enjoy St. Patrick’s Day games, Irish stories and a special craft in the program room at Gibson Library. Enjoy “going green” in a very different way.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highway 93 and Lakeshore Drive
Boulder City, NV 89006
Date: March 15, 2014 at 8 a.m.
Whether you walk, run, stroll or take part in a relay, this event is a testament to nature, history and the beauty of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The course run is a combination of maintained and paved trails, with grades originally used to haul supplies to construct the Hoover Dam. The runners pass through six tunnels, with aid stations every 1.6 miles. This is a spectator-friendly event, with no vehicles on the course, and there is no time limit. There will be food, beverages, tee shirts for participants and above all, the natural beauty of Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam. Please note: there will be a costume judging ceremony (with cash prizes) at 7:45 a.m. (start). Registration is required by March 10, 2014.
Tournament of Kings
King Arthur’s Arena
3850 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
While Tournament of Kings may not actually be Irish in origin, the medieval flair and excitement of this dinner feast and performance show rivals anything found anywhere in Nevada. After all, where else can you find jousting on real horses, knights, dancing, singing and a feast “fit for a king?” You can feel the thunder of the hoof beats and hear the clash of jousting spears hitting the armor while sitting in either a “country” section or a “dark knight” section, as you cheer on your favorites competing in racing, jousting, sword fights or battles. From the first course of “dragon’s blood” (tomato soup) to a main course eaten sans utensils (that’s using your hands, folks), it is as authentic an experience as you can find in the 21st century. There’s even a court jester to entertain before and between jousts, and don’t forget their very own Merlin as good battles evil to the very last sword thrust. The costumes, the pageantry and the performances are truly second to none, an experience families will remember for years to come. For ages three and above.
Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.