On March 17, green hats and shamrock prints are Toronto’s dress code and the city will be gearing up for one of the biggest party days of the year. With St. Paddy’s Day on a Tuesday this year, the March 13-15 weekend will be when most of the action will go down. If you’re getting your Irish on in Toronto this year, here’s where to celebrate, dance and throw down a few green beers.

Brunch

If you like to start your celebrations as soon as you roll out of bed, the Elephant and Castle on King Street West will be opening early to celebrate with a boozy brunch running from 9am to 11am. Hope for sunshine so you can enjoy it on the patio! You can also look forward to drink specials all day long, half-priced wings, giveaways and a raffle.

Drinking and singing

On March 14, head to Louis Cifer Brew Works on Danforth for the St. Patrick’s Day Party and Pub Sing. We’re not sure if the beer will be green, but we know it’ll be delicious — especially the Original Sin Blonde Ale and Dry Irish Stout (our favourites). If you’re looking for a plant-based alternative to traditional Irish fare, try the Bat out of Hell Vegan Meatloaf. You may also get lucky and win the 50/50 pot of gold — proceeds of the draw will support the Urban Orchestra. (If you haven’t experienced the raw power of orchestral music from just a few feet away, this is your chance.)

 Party

Hemingway’s in Yorkville will be throwing its annual St. Patrick’s Day Patio Party, rain or shine — the patio is heated and covered. Swag, prizes and a best-dressed contest keep the energy up while you down your green beers, and that other Irish classic, Magner’s. Get there early for the traditional lamb and Guinness stew dinner special.

Dancing

If you’re more hip-hop and house than bagpipes and marching bands, head to Fiction Club for a St. Paddy’s Day bash beginning at 10pm on the 17th. Or, for a healthier take on this booze-driven celebration, sign up for the Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5k or 10k — you’ll be treated to a beer when you cross the finish line!

Parade!

Toronto’s St. Paddy’s parade is celebrating its 33rd year and will begin at noon on Sunday March 15. Follow floats, leprechauns and a sea of green attire as the parade winds from Bloor and St. George to Nathan Phillips Square, where Irish-inspired festivities will be happening all day long.

Revel in our roots!

Over four million Canadians are of Irish descent. This gives St. Patrick’s Day a special place in the heart of Canadians with major celebrations happening in cities from coast to coast. Sláinte mhath!

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