stpatricksDress the family all in green, because everyone is Irish during the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Baltimore, MD. This year’s activities kick off on Sunday, March 13, with the Shamrock 5K run. My kids love doing 5k’s, so we try to do one a month as a family. This one, which will kick off at 1:15 from Charles and Franklin Streets, is sure to have Irish eyes smiling – and feet flying!

It’s considered the first 5K of the racing season in Maryland, so all the runners who have been resting up through the snowy winter will be on the scene. And so will a leprechaun or two! I’m not sure if you’ll get a pot of gold if you catch one, but I do know the race proceeds go to a good cause – defraying the cost of the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Register here and have your crew running like the rats out of Ireland at St. Patrick’s command.

leprachaun Oh, and what a parade it will be! Parade Grand Marshall Daniel P. Mead will head the line-up of local dignitaries, shamrock-laden floats, dancing lassies and school marching bands, all celebrating the luck and love of the Irish. (Do you think they’ll be singing “Danny Boy” as Mead passes? Just wondering.) If your kids love a parade, line them up on the route between the Washington Monument and Market Place to jig along with the masses.

Of course, my kids always want to eat before heading out to the parade route. Beginning at 10:30 am, you can take them to the James Joyce Pub for a brunch of scrambled eggs, O’Brien potatoes, waffles and bagels. (Okay, I’m not sure how the bagels fit the theme, but it’s good to have options, no?) Seating is limited, so contact Joanna Cox at 410-467-4147 or paradebrunch@gmail.com to reserve your spot.