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St. Patrick's Day in Las Vegas brings corned-beef pizza, green doughnuts and fireworks

St. Patrick's Day in Las Vegas brings corned-beef pizza, green doughnuts and fireworks
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St. Patrick's Day falls on Saturday this year, meaning Las Vegas crowds will be bigger at festivities along the Strip and in downtown.

New York-New York

The celebration gets underway Friday afternoon at New York-New York. A parade will begin outdoors in The Park, the adjacent pedestrian mall, before winding its way through the resort's casino. A party at the hotel's Brooklyn Bridge, for those 21 and older, starts at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $10 at the door.

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Members of the Las Vegas Pipe Band, young and old, parade through the casino at New York-New York during St. Patrick's Day.
Members of the Las Vegas Pipe Band, young and old, parade through the casino at New York-New York during St. Patrick's Day. (MGM Resorts)

On Saturday, the festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a second parade through the resort, this one led by bagpipers from the Las Vegas Pipe Band. At 11 a.m., the resort will launch its annual feis, the Irish word for a folk festival.

Drinks, food and entertainment will continue into the evening. Tickets start at $10; a $100 VIP package includes an open bar.

Linq Promenade

As a crowd encircles him, a man performs acrobatics along the Linq Promenade on St. Patrick’s Day.
As a crowd encircles him, a man performs acrobatics along the Linq Promenade on St. Patrick’s Day. (Bryan Steffy)

Up the boulevard at the Linq Promenade, pipers on Saturday will begin roaming past restaurants that serve breakfast starting at 9 a.m. At noon, they'll be joined by an Irish hip-hop dance troupe for a parade through the promenade.

Live performances will continue at various venues until 10 p.m. Various bars and restaurants will be setting up outdoor food and drink stands.

Flour & Barley

A pizza topped with corned beef is among the unusual food offerings awaiting Vegas visitors on St. Patrick’s Day.
A pizza topped with corned beef is among the unusual food offerings awaiting Vegas visitors on St. Patrick’s Day. (Linq Promenade)

At the Flour & Barley pizzeria, diners will be able to order the Luck of the Irish pizza. The crust comes topped with pesto cream sauce, Brussels sprouts, potatoes, sausage and, of course, corned beef.

O’Sheas

Up the block at O'Sheas, the pub/casino's resident leprechaun, Brian Thomas, will greet guests as they partake in specials such as shots of Jameson and 24-ounce glasses of draft Guinness, both priced at $8.

Ri Ra

Irish beer and cider are among the beverages on tap at Ri Ra, an Irish pub located just off Las Vegas Boulevard.
Irish beer and cider are among the beverages on tap at Ri Ra, an Irish pub located just off Las Vegas Boulevard. (Ri Ra)

Ri Ra is an Irish pub in the Shoppes at Mandalay Place. The fun, and the drinking, will get underway at 7:45 a.m. as rugby fans gather to cheer on Ireland in a Six Nations match again England.

Folk bands begin performing at noon, with pipers and Irish dancers adding to the lively atmosphere throughout the afternoon. In addition to alcohol, Ri Ra will be serving traditional dishes such as beef and Guinness stew, fish and chips and glazed salmon.

Downtown Container Park

At the Downtown Container Park, the Saturday afternoon beer bash is being called Sham-Rock the Park. From 3 to 6 p.m., revelers will be shouting "Slainte!" — Gaelic for "cheers" — as they hoist glasses of green-colored beer. Tickets for all-you-can-drink brews are $15 online or $20 at the door.

For the uninitiated, the park's shops and restaurants are housed in 43 repurposed shipping containers manufactured only a few miles away in suburban Henderson.

The Plaza

At 10 p.m. Saturday, just a few blocks to the west, The Plaza will host green (well, mostly green) fireworks launched from several locations on the property.

Starting at 7 p.m., a St. Patrick's Day party under the resort's dome will feature drink specials, including $3 shots of Jameson and six-can buckets of Guinness for $15.

The Fractured Prune

Green is, of course, the predominant color in the St. Patrick’s Day box of a dozen doughnuts Fractured Prune. The shop is well-known for its locations along the Atlantic coast.
Green is, of course, the predominant color in the St. Patrick’s Day box of a dozen doughnuts Fractured Prune. The shop is well-known for its locations along the Atlantic coast. (Fractured Prune)

Vegas visitors in need of a suitable sugar rush can head to the Fractured Prune, a popular East Coast doughnut shop with an outpost on Flamingo Road, about eight miles west of the Strip.

The Leprechaun's Box O'Dough will featured a dozen specialty doughnuts — two each of varieties with names such as Black Irish and Cliffs of Moher. The Paddy Cake is the chain's birthday cake doughnut topped with green and white sprinkles.

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