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A Green Parade That Praises Spring

It took a while but the spirit of Ireland finally made its lucky way to California from the eastern half of the United States. There’s a lot of festivity this month between Menlo Park and its Mountain View neighbor. If you’re wearing the right color then duck into one of Menlo Park’s terrific bars for drink specials and musical acts that only appear on this holiday. And thank your lucky stars for the west-coast’s exceptional weather.

Drawing huge crowds from across Silicon Valley, a quick 15-minute ride puts you right in the middle of Mountain View’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, directed by a train of gleeful celebs and marshalls keeping time. Appropriate for both long-time revellers and peaceful onlookers, head downtown on March 17th when traditional food, tall pints of green beer, and wheezing bagpipes take over. Flanking the parade on all sides will be samples of crafts, local gifts, and a kilt or two.