St Patrick’s Day: The Wearin O’ The Green in Leadville
This Friday, Mar. 17 is the feast day of Saint Patrick, which means that Leadville’s Irish folks will be decked out and bedazzled in green to celebrate with a parade, Irish whisky, corned beef and cabbage, and live music. And if it seems like Leadville just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, it’s because it did.
Every year, Leadville holds a “practice parade” for St. Patrick’s Day in the fall, often even bigger and more spectacular than on March 17. In Leadville, there’s just too much Irish to celebrate only once a year, so hopefully all that practice will pay off tomorrow.
The Leadville St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 17 at West Ninth Street in front of the Mining Museum, then heads south on historic Harrison Avenue toward the Silver Dollar Saloon, where the Leadville Lions Club will be serving that St. Patty’s Day favorite, corned beef and cabbage. Grab a dish for $10 as the Lions Club serves it up from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. The saloon will be pouring Irish whisky and cheering Slainte!
Later on that night, there are various celebrations planned. At The Scarlet, the local Mark Hanson with Miner Down plays Friday night from 8 to 11 p.m. They’re a classy affair featuring upright bass and saxophone. Read below for the low down on what’s going on tonight at The Scarlet.
Periodic Brewing will celebrate “Irish You Were Here” all day on Friday. Enjoy craft beers brewed locally before and after the parade. Grab your first pint and get a Limited St. Patty’s Edition Pb pint glass for $1.00! Periodic Brewing offers a select menu of pub fare including brats and knocks, are open at noon, and located less than a block from the parade route at 115 E. Seventh St.
Down the way in the Leadville’s old red light district, The Pastime Bar & Cafe is holding a feast serving their own brand of corned beef and cabbage, and hosting the favorite Karaoke superstar GIRL PLAY who’s been known to muster even the most bashful into belting Madonna, and providing the music for wild interludes of dance in between songs. The kitchen will be open from 12 to 9 p.m., and the bar open well into the night. You must
be 21 or over with a valid ID to get in for the nighttime festivities, so come prepared. The Pastime is located at 120 W. Second St. The wearing of green is strongly encouraged!
Stop by Wilde’s Green Hour, Leadville’s speakeasy, right after the parade for live music, a pour of Smithwick’s or Guinness and a corned beef and cabbage pie. They’ll be hosting live music for Phish Phry Phriday right after the parade. Wilde’s Green Hour, a.k.a. La Resistance, is right at the end of the parade route, next-door to the Silver Dollar Saloon.
Other goings-on include Irish music and food at Ski Cooper‘s Pub at the base of the mountain, Katie O’Rourke’s Irish Pub. Specials they will serve for the day include Corned Beef Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Eggs Benedict, and “Leprechaun Sliders.” Check out O2 by Periodic Brewing at 401 Harrison Ave. serving Peak Pasta and pumping flavored oxygen. And don’t forget the Manhattan Bar on Harrison Avenue, the earliest to open for those that wish to ring in the holiday just after dawn.
If looking for special kind of green, stop in Roots Rx for high quality cannabis grown right here at 10,200 feet. Friday only, they’re offering ten percent off all of their products, and giving away a Roots Rx glass pipe for free with every purchase over $75. Roots Rx is located at 125 Front St. (south of town) under the green neon cross.
However rowdy your jig this weekend, be sure to stay safe, drink responsibly, and respect your fellow lads and lasses. May the road rise to meet ya!
Leadville Tonight: Kris Lager Band at the Scar
The Kris Lager Band, from Omaha, Neb. has been performing “revivalist rock” since the early 2000s. Featuring a wild sax, boogie tracks, and roots/bluegrass influence, this band is right up The Scarlet’s alley, and a perfect opportunity to shake off the long week, and pregame the night before Saint Patrick’s Day. They will be performing fresh tracks from their new album Rise and Shine, with CDs available for purchase.
“We basically took a lot of the things we had learned from working with all of our friends,” says Lager. “We decided it was time to take what we had learned and record our own record. Jeremiah Weir, our longtime keyboardist engineered most of the sessions and produced a lot of the record. He has been honing his skills for years and I am excited for all of our friends and fans to hear what he has captured. It is a great representation of how we sound at this moment in time and it definitely represents what we are all about as a band.”
The band’s debut Leadville visit is smack dab in the middle of their tour of the west, spreading the love of boogie all over Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, and Iowa. It’ll be a great show; come down and bring your dancing shoes, and give the band a warm Leadville welcome.
The Scarlet is located at 326 Harrison Ave. Click here to connect to their Facebook.