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Catch the Irish spirit in Columbus with parties, parades

Today, green beverages delight, rather than disgust.

Local St. Patrick’s Day festivities include family fun in the morning and adult parties at night. Here’s a roundup of events:

The action kicks off at 10 a.m. with the annual St. Patrick’s Catholic School parade in front of St. Patrick’s Church, 1502 Broad St. in Phenix City. Students from Our Lady Of Lourdes School in Columbus, and Mother Mary School in Phenix City, are also participating.

Then, it’s time for the adult fun. Irish pub Scruffy Murphy’s, 1037 Broadway, opens at 11:30 a.m. and will serve Irish-themed food throughout the day.

Captain Mackey’s Goatskin and Stringband, a duo from Cork, Ireland, takes the stage at 2 p.m. A $6-$8 cover charge starts at 3 p.m. and includes a food buffet.

In other nightlife parties, Broadway bars host a block party where one $5 cover gets you into the majority of downtown hot spots. This doesn’t include Scruffy’s, though.

The Shanty Shack, 4475 Warm Springs Road, is hosting a performance by Mercury Heat at 9 p.m. For $3.50, you can get a 20 ounce St. Patrick’s Day cup filled with draft beer. No cover.

Belloo’s, 900 Front Ave., celebration begins at 5 p.m. with $3 green Jell-O shots and $4 green draft beer. No cover.

Mickey’s Pub, 4105 Buena Vista Road, has DJ music beginning at 7 p.m. No cover.

SoHo Bar & Grill, 5751 Milgen Road, offers Irish-themed drink specials and party favors. No cover. Doors open at 2 p.m.

CC Entertainment and Rivertown Adventure Club host a fundraiser to benefit Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center. It’s 9 p.m. at Mario’s Restaurant & Pop, 1010 Broadway. Entry is $5, and you can also pay $5 to spin a wheel and win locally sponsored prizes.

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