Irish dancers, parades, festivals, Monster Jam and Fremont Street: what do all of these have in common? St. Patrick’s Day celebrations of course! No matter your age, from toddler to teen to adult, there is something of interest for pretty much every taste when the luck of the Irish hits Las Vegas.
2016 St Patrick’s Day Parade And Festival Las Vegas
Henderson Events Plaza
200 Water St.
Henderson,NV 89015
(702) 267-2171
www.cityofhenderson.com

This four day party – themed “Shamrocks & Shenanigans” – includes a carnival, car show, festival, vendors and some wonderful live entertainment. The parade theme will be “50 years of Irish tradition” and spectators are encouraged in the wearing of the green for good luck and to show your spirit. It’s free and there are no age restrictions, although you will have to buy tickets for some of the events.

Monster Jam World Finals
Sam Boyd Stadium
7000 E. Russell Road
Las Vegas, NV 89122
(702) 895-3761
www.everfest.com

From March 17-19, 2016, the annual Monster Jam World Finals hits Las Vegas, to showcase more than thirty top competitive monster trucks from around the world. The international drivers compete for the titles of “Freestyle World Champion” and “Racing World Champion.” There’s noise, food vendors, kiosks, souvenirs as the crowd gathers and cheers on their favorites. It’s not for the faint of heart, but truck-loving kids and their parents certainly enjoy attending this annual event.

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Lord Of The Dance: Dangerous Games
The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace
3570 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(888) 929-7849
lord of the dance dangerous games

Pretty much everyone recognizes Michael Flatley as one of the best Irish dancers/choreographers around. First in Riverdance and now as Lord of the Dance, he has announced March 17, 2016 for the date of his final show – his retirement – with Dangerous Games. For 20 years this dancer has paved the way for modern Irish dance and he and his troupe have entertained millions with their cutting-edge technology and catchy rhythmic patterns and movements. Special effects include holographs, FX lights, dancing robots, acrobats and the best teams of Irish dancers the world has ever seen.

Six Tunnels To Hoover Dam St. Patrick’s Day Run
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Highway 93 and Lakeshore Drive
Boulder City, NV 89006
www.mountainmanevents.com

For 15 years runners and walkers have celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by running through the Lake Mead area to Hoover Dam. The event normally falls on the Saturday before the 17th of March, when runners gather early in the morning to sign in and prepare for the run. There are a variety of lengths of runs, and the course combines maintained and paved trails. Runners pass through the six tunnels and there are many spectators to cheer them on. The event includes food, beverages and tee shirts and costumes are generally encouraged as participants can win cash prizes when they are judged at the start of the race (generally 7:45 a.m.). No details have been finalized as yet, but as an annual event, it’s worth watching out for when you consider the sheer beauty of the Lake Mead area and the history associated with it.

Fremont Street Experience
Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 678-5600
www.vegasexperience.com

Fremont Street is ready to get all geared up for St. Patrick’s Day, with tribute bands offering free entertainment. Since the emphasis is on pub crawls and drinking, families would be advised to arrive early and leave before the raucousness begins. Celebrations will be on-going throughout the weekend, with St. Paddy’s Day promising to be the most rowdy evening of all. Make sure to check out the Viva Vision show and don’t forget Slotzilla, one of the coolest Ziplines around and possibly one of the most popular attractions in Las Vegas. If you arrive before 6:00 p.m. you can save $5.00! Although you won’t be traveling on the same line (each guest flies separately), proof of approval must be verified this way. You have to be over 100 lbs for the more thrilling Zoomline.

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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.