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St. Patrick's Day 2023

Deck yourself out in green and hit the town

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Even if you're not 100% Irish, it's not an excuse to stay at home. You better deck yourself out in green and hit the town to make this St. Patrick's Day in Norfolk unforgettable. Norfolk does not skimp out on celebrating this all-time favorite holiday and welcomes you to join its huge green party.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day without a massive parade is not an authentic St. Patrick's Day, and Norfolk understands it better than anyone. This huge celebration features marching bands, floats, clowns, and plenty of cars. The route starts at Northside Middle School at 10 am and continues for 1.5 mi (2.5 km), mainly along Granby St. What's more, you can rejoice in the after parade party, organized by the Columbian Club of Ocean View. It starts at noon at 211 W. Government Ave. and features live bands and a wide selection of Irish food and drinks.

Places to visit

On St. Patrick's Day in Norfolk, you should stop by Grace O'Malley's Irish Pub and O'Connor Brewing Co. The first is the only Irish pub in Norfolk with the most authentic Irish interior and menu. There, you can enjoy watching live Irish performers of Gaelic songs and dance, drink delicious beer, and enjoy traditional dishes like shepherd's pie. The other one is the first microbrewery in the city. Its most popular beer, with a rich roasted malt aroma and hints of dark chocolate is called Odis. Yes, these places are a must on St. Patrick's Day!

We suggest you check the official websites in the External Resources below to get more information and the latest events updates. Also, below you will find a map offering the best places to stay nearby.