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