Looking for something to do outside of your apartments in Lafayette, La this St. Patrick's Day?
Everyone is Irish on March 17th. celebrating Irish nationality is fun whether you are wearing, eating, drinking, or sharing ‘of the green’. Following is a quick list of organized and self-created events to make your Irish (even if just for the day) eyes smile.
Events on St. Patrick’s Day in Lafayette:
Whether long-standing annual events or starting this year, here are four organized events with green themes that are taking place in the city on Saturday, March 17, 2018:
National Day of Action with AFP-LA (Americans for Prosperity-Louisiana)
Phone Banking Party (Free)
11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
315 S College Road
Wear green and join the effort to make lots of friendly phone calls educating others about the mission of AFP-LA to protect the American Dream.
Organizers promise games, green beer, and everything Irish.
Seersucker Social Bicycle Ride—Historic Azalea Trail with Bike Lafayette and Scenic Lafayette
Social Bicycle Ride ($5)
2 p.m. until 5 p.m.
537 Jefferson Street / The Wurst Beirgarten
Take a leisurely ride up and down the 1930’s era Historic Azalea Trail. Riders of all levels are encouraged to come out and enjoy a 10 mile stretch of beauty. Decorate your bike and wear a favorite vintage outfit to add to the fun if you wish. Water, bathroom, and snack breaks are built into the afternoon.
Riders can return to The Wurst for entertainment by The Rayo Brothers from 5 to 6 p.m. The band will take the stage again at 9 p.m.
Classic Car Cruise—Historic Azalea Trail with Lafayette Convention & Visitors Center
Car Cruise ($5 for cruise participants/Free to general public)
1 p.m. – 4 p.m. (Registration 1p.m./Cruise 2-4 p.m.)
1400 NW Evangeline Thruway / Lafayette Convention & Visitors Center
Start the engine of your classic vehicle (1975 or before) and motor over to the Visitors Center starting point. Refreshments will be served before the cruise that takes you on 22 miles of the trail. Historic homes, public art, and flowering bushes dot the path. The cruise will end near The Wurst Beirgarten.
Patty in the Parc 2018
Entertainment & Food Festival ($15)
5:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
200 Garfield Street / Parc International
Get your tickets now or at the gate for this outside annual event. A fun day for family and friends featuring the Gin Blossoms, Chee Weez, and the Highway 90 Band.
Home Celebrations and Activities for St. Patrick’s Day:
Green Beer and bands may not be your thing. It’s all good. Here are some ways to celebrate on March 17th that are a little different:
Pickles, Peppers, and Potatoes:
Belly up to the bar, the Irish potato bar that is! Roast or bake potatoes and allow your dining companions to indulge in lots of green toppings. Broccoli, celery, green onions, dill, cilantro, and asparagus are just a few green things that taste great on a potato. In keeping with the green food theme: chop up lots of different peppers (bell, jalapeno, and banana are popular varieties) and open jars of sweet, dill, and kosher pickles for your guests.
Irish Movie Marathon:
You might elect to be an Irish couch potato and celebrate the big day with classic movies featuring personalities from or about the Emerald Isle. A few worth a view are The Boondock Saints (crime thriller), Brooklyn (romantic comedy), The Quiet Man (drama with John Wayne as a boxer), and The Commitments (musical). The Muppet Movie with Kermit the Frog who sang about the difficulties of “Bein’ Green” onSesame Street and The Muppet Show would be a great end to a cinematic indulgent day.
Good Luck to You Bags:
Spread St. Patrick’s Day Cheer with your neighbors by creating Lucky You bags that you can leave on a doorstep to brighten someone’s day. Take a brown paper lunch bag and fill it with a miniature box of Lucky Charms cereal, a bar of Irish Spring soap, an Irish wish or joke, and a shamrock.
Tie the bag and address it by christening the person with an Irish name. For instance, Mrs. Boudreaux becomes Mrs. McBoudreaux and John Thibodeaux becomes John O’Thibodeaux for the day.
Suggestions for the Irish wish that you can write in green ink or print onto green paper include: “May your troubles be less and your blessings be more and nothing but happiness come through your door” or “What is Irish and stays out all night? Paddy O’Furniture.”
Regardless of how you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Lafayette offers much by way of activities and locations to get your green on! Looking for a place to live in the area, visit Lafayette Gardens Apartments and find out how you can be one of the lucky ones to live in this luxury apartment village.
For more information on Lafayette area events, visit downtownlafayette.org
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