We all know that virtually 98 percent of the population is Irish when it comes to celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. All those “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” t-shirts can’t be wrong, can they?
Thursday’s holiday weather looks to be gorgeous, and to help you get your GREEN on, we’ve selected three outstanding Smyrna-Vinings spots out of the many local celebrations. Erin Go Bragh! (Translation: sing “Danny Boy,” drink a green beer and have fun)
The whole family can do a little Irish jig at Smyrna’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities. Sponsored by Atkins Park Tavern, this outdoor family-friendly (and dog-friendly) event has shenanigans galore for all ages. Kids will love the carnival-style rides and festive atmosphere. Don’t miss Mayor Max Bacon dyeing the central fountain a lovely shade of Kelly green around 6 p.m.
The al fresco music lineup kicks off at 3 p.m. with Stevie Monce, then DJ Suspence of Lethal Rhythms spins tunes from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. And Francisco Vidal and Friends take over after that. If you’ve got a carrot top in the family, then enter the Atkins Park Redhead Contest for prizes.
The $5 admission charge benefits local charity Mustard Seed Communities. Leave the strollers, backpacks and coolers at home, because fantastic food and drink are available from Atkins Park, Zucca Pizzeria and The Village Café. Click here for free admission to the festivities.
Shamrockin’ shenanigans will abound at Padriac’s pub. Known for its excellent food, Padriac’s chefs will put on a fine spread of Irish favorites such as bangers and mash and corned beef and cabbage. That revered trinity of Irish beer: Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s, are only $5 each and Padriac’s is also featuring $2 green jello shooters and $4 green beer. Later, The Brian Collins Band cranks up the fun with covers of 80s and 90s rock and Southern rock.
Local leprechaun haven Meehan’s Public House opens its doors at the spectacularly early hour of 10 a.m. on Thursday. Promising to keep “your pints and stomachs full,” Meehan’s brims with enthralling conversation and Irish cheer. Catch a little Riverdance-esque Irish dancing at 1 p.m. and the bluesy, soulful John Sosebee Band lights up the stage at 8.