One of the BEST St. Patrick’s Day Parades in America (according to U.S. News Travel and Special Report) will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 11 a.m. in Dublin, Ohio. The wearing o’ the green occurs a little early this year, so what exactly can you look forward to during this all day celebration? Mark your calendar with these great activities:

FRIDAY, March 9, 2012

Rest Up Come to town on Friday night and stay in one of our 14 hotels with Irish Attitude! Enjoy Irish touches like Embassy Suites’ Kilpatrick’s Restaurant or Chase Suites’ cozy, Irish-inspired lobby, complete with a fireplace.

Strut your Stuff (Friday, 6 p.m.) 75 S. High St. Show off your legs in the annual Best Legs in a Kilt contest on Friday at the Dublin Village Tavern. The contest is sponsored and hosted by Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland, Dublin Village Tavern and Historic Dublin Business Association. Registration is $10. Rent a kilt for an additional $5. The first 17 contestants will be judged and all contestants receive a prize.

Want to know what it takes to win? Watch the video below. To register, call 614/889-9615

SATURDAY, March 10, 2012

Pancake Power Up (7 a.m. – 11 a.m.) Sells Middle School: 150 West Bridge St. Start your day with The Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. Fill up on pancakes and sausage   before you head out and watch the parade. Win a variety of prizes during the ongoing raffle. Everyone wins because your money goes straight to a variety of eyesight-related charities.

Inflation Celebration (9 a.m.) Crowne Plaza Hotel Parking Lot - Metro Center: 600 Metro Place North What does it take to make one of the nation’s best St. Patrick’s Day parades? A lot of hot air. Watch the giant parade balloons come alive.

Jam Out (10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) (Bridge Street near Indian Run Elementary) Enjoy some iTunes (Irish Tunes) by The Hooligans. Listen to their version of Black Velvet Band.

Meet St. Patrick (10-11 a.m.) Dublin Library: 75 N. High St. Join the Man of the Hour(s). St. Patrick himself will be telling stories about his life and Irish traditions.

The Big Event (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) Metro Place North into Historic Dublin. Enjoy the 2-hour long, full mile stretch of Irish heritage.  Dublin, Ohio celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with floats, bands and bagpipers, not to mention the Grand Leprechaun.  The city-sponsored parade steps off at 11 a.m. from Metro Place North. (Don’t forget to wear your green!)

Get Jiggy With It (Noon – 1 a.m.) Brazenhead Irish Pub & Restaurant 56 North High Street We said ALL-DAY celebration, didn’t we? Raise your pint of Guinness and enjoy a full afternoon and evening of great food, Irish music and dancing at our traditional Irish Pub, the Brazenhead.

Performances: Noon – 3 p.m. Bob Ford & The Ragamuffins 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Jenkins & Scott 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. Plow Kings Irish Dancers Authentic Irish Drums & Bagpipes

Drink Specials: $4 Irish Girl Scout Cookie Shots Green Bud Light Drafts

Stroll the Streets. Special St. Patrick discounts and freebies are happening all over Historic Dublin:

OurCupcakery Don’t just enjoy cupcakes, come play a game with Irish Attitude! (16 N. High St.)

Sister Sweet Shoppe : Needs some shamrock shaped chocolates? Who doesn’t? Wander in and meet the Sisters while sampling a variety of sweets. (45 N. High St.)

Ha’penny Bridge Imports of Ireland : It might be your “lucky” day. Shop around this Irish import store and play the Lucky Coin Drawing. You could receive up to 17 percent (March 17th – get it?) or enter to win an eight-day trip for two to Ireland.  (75 S. High St.)

TehKu Tea Company will feature live music during the day, as well as Irish themed teas like “Kiss Me I’m Not Irish” and treats. (55 S. High St.)

Visit the City of Dublin for more information about the parade and visit the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau to learn where to stay and play.

( or call 800/245-8387.

-Post by Allison