For those in Toronto for St. Patrick’s Day, there are many opportunities to celebrate. The main event is the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which will take place this year on March 17, 2013, beginning at noon. The procession of colorful floats, marching bands and cultural groups starts at Bloor and St. George, continuing along Bloor, turning onto Yonge and ending at Nathan Philips Square. For a detailed route map, click here. Leading up to the date of the parade there are also various festive fundraiser parties, including the annual Grand Marshal Ball on March 15. Tickets are $150 each including a three-course meal, three drink tickets and live entertainment.
If you want to experience some of Toronto’s best bars on the holiday, there is a St. Patrick’s Day Club Crawl on March 16. Tickets start at $10 and include admission into three clubs — London Tap House, Crocodile Rock and Tequila Jacks — and the ability to cut the line. You may also want to venture off on your own and visit own of the city’s Irish pubs, like Brazen Head, Pour House or Foggy Dew. And if you’re more interested in eating than drinking, President’s Choice Cooking School is hosting a St. Patrick’s Day Feast Cooking Class. For about $20, you’ll learn how to make crisp potato pancakes, Irish soda bread, shepherd’s pie and a “Lucky Leprechaun Shake.”
For a healthy holiday, sign up for the 14th Annual Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk. Taking place on March 17 the run takes participants through downtown Toronto, ending at Steam Whistle Brewing, The Roundhouse for some craft beer, Irish chili and festive fun.