With its numerous Irish pubs and a climate not so different from Ireland, Seattle is a great place to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The celebration starts with the Irish flag raised near the King County Administration Building. Trumpeters play the Irish and US National Anthems. After that, the Grand Marshals start Seattle’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade up 4th Avenue, heading north from James St to Westlake Park. Visitors can observe bagpipers, leprechauns, Irish dancers, marching bands, and listen to lots of Irish music.
From there, participants of the Parade are invited to travel for free via the Monorail to the Seattle Center for the annual Irish Festival in the Armory that starts at around 2:30 p.m. The festival showcases Irish culture with dozens of crafters and vendors presenting their goods and food. Of course, there is also lot's of Irish dances, performances, and live music.
The most healthy way to celebrate the Irish holiday in Seattle is to participate in annual St. Patrick's Day Dash that covers about 4 miles (6.4 km). Runners often dress in costumes of leprechauns and Guinness cans or simply wear green. The race begins and finishes at Seattle Center (Second Avenue and Mercer Str.). There is also a shorter option available—Leprechaun Lap—a 1K Dash for kids aged 10 and under. The dash finishes at Irish Beer Garden with many festivities in Seattle Center.