St. Patrick's Day Guide for DC: Parade, Road Closures, Specials
St. Patrick's Day in Georgetown and DC means themed cupcakes, a parade and of course, Guinness.
Georgetowners can celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Washington D.C. 42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Parade, cupcakes from Sprinkles and a pint of Guinness from your favorite Georgetown pub.
42nd Annual St. Patrick’s Parade
Sunday beginning at noon the 42nd annual parade will process along Constitution Avenue NW from 7th to 17th Streets, NW downtown.
The 2013 theme is ‘Celebrating Service to the Stars and Stripes” and Admiral Mike Mullen, USN (ret) will serve as the Grand Marshal. Among the other parade marshals is Katie Ledecky, the Bethesda swimming phenom who took gold in a stunning Olympic victory in the women's 800m freestyle last summer in London, who incidentally will be celebrating her 16th birthday that day.
Whether you are heading to the parade or just driving downtown, expect road closures around the parade route. According to DDOT, "7th Street will be closed between Constitution Avenue, N.W. and Independence Avenue, S.W. from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Streets leading to Constitution Avenue, NW will be closed during this time period."
St. Patrick's Day in Georgetown
If parades aren't your thing or all that cheering has you hungry, you can stop by Sprinkles in Georgetown to try their two specialty cupcakes. There's the Irish Chocolate—Belgian chocolate cake topped, with a Baileys Irish cream cheese frosting and adorned with Sprinkles green shamrock—and the Green Velvet—light chocolate cake, tinted green and topped with cream cheese frosting.
Wash it all down with a Guinness or Harp at one of Georgetown's classic pubs. If you head to Clyde's in Chevy Chase, you cn enjoy $3 green beer and $5 Guinness. Try Clyde's of Georgetown, Billy Martin's or The Tombs for a normal-colored pint (or two).
What are you doing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?