Green Bay, Wisconsin is home to many people of Irish descent. When St. Patrick's Day arrives, the city comes alive with Irish parades, food and fanfare of all kinds. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society, Irish language and traditional Irish music have survived in many of the small Irish communities dotted throughout Wisconsin over the years. As a direct result, the Irish in Wisconsin were able to preserve their roots. Every year on St. Patrick's Day, you'll find many fun Irish activities to enjoy. Here are just a few.
The Annual Shamrock Club St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Annual Shamrock Club St. Patrick's Day Parade, the largest St. Patrick's Day parade in Wisconsin, takes place in downtown Milwaukee. You have only to drive for about an hour and a half to get to Milwaukee from Green Bay, and the parade and fanfare is worth it. Before festivities begin, take part in the annual St. Patrick's Day Mass at the historic St. Patrick's Church before the parade. Then watch as the streets of downtown Milwaukee fill up with people. The parade has become so popular that it has attracted over 135,000 spectators in past years. After the parade, continue the Irish celebration by visiting one of the numerous Irish pubs throughout the city, or head over to the post-parade party at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center.
St. Brendan's Irish Inn
Have you ever stayed at an Irish Inn? If you can't make it over to Ireland, head to St. Brendan's Irish Inn in downtown Green Bay. This charming and quaint inn promises "authentic Irish food, Irish drink and Irish music --- all in an elegant, yet comfortable setting." Enjoy over 15 imported beers on tap (including a tasty pint of Guinness) or a smooth Irish coffee for dessert, happy hour specials, and a variety of Irish bands. St. Brendan's also offers weekend packages, so you can spend three full days celebrating St. Patrick's Day with family and friends. An annual St. Patrick's Day party adds to the festivities.
Shenanigans Irish Pub
Shenanigans Irish Pub is the biggest Irish pub in the Green Bay area. Though it celebrates St. Patrick's Day all year long, on March 17 the pub comes alive with an influx of Irish friends, family and visitors. You'll find "the best Guinness around" and plenty of Jameson whiskey at the bar, and a variety of Irish snacks to munch on. Also enjoy fun-filled Irish games and classic Irish entertainment for the whole family.