Celebrating St. Patrick's Day in Des Moines

  • A man plays the bagpipes.
Everybody’s Irish in Iowa—at least on Saint Patrick’s Day. Happily, there’s something for everyone, ranging from a family friendly parade to a very late night at the pub.

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Hosted by the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick of Central Iowa, this parade launches at noon on March 17 and will feature Irish musicians, leprechauns, bagpipes, and all things Irish.

Leprechaun Chase 10K Des Moines

Show up in green from head to toe and race for free beer—for you and all your fellow lads or lassies. Here’s how it works. The women start at 10 a.m. The men start five and a half minutes later. If a guy wins the race, every man gets a free beer at the after party. If a woman wins, all the ladies are drinking. There’s also a “best dressed” award, so come decked out in your best Saint Paddy’s duds.

Saint Patrick’s Day Events in Des Moines Pubs

There’s no shortage of Irish pubs and, at most of them, the party gets started early with the breakfast you’ll need to fuel you through the rest of the day.

Saint Patrick’s Day Block Party at Annie’s Irish Pub

Annie’s patio opens at 6 a.m. sharp with free green eggs and ham. The block party gets started at noon with green beer and music all day by Sons of Gladys Kravitz, Brushville, and Pie in the Sky. The party goes on rain or shine, so come prepared.

Sully’s Irish Pub

Saint Patrick’s Day starts bright and early here as well, with an Irish breakfast at 6 a.m., followed by the raising of the Irish flag at 7 a.m. The corned beef and cabbage comes out at 10 a.m.—and stays out till it’s gone. The rest of the day is a flurry of bagpipes, leprechaun kiss shots, prizes, and more. Kids are allowed until 3:30 p.m.

The Royal Mile

The Royal Mile is actually a British pub, but that doesn’t mean Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated any less enthusiastically. Arrive at 10 a.m. for corned beef and cabbage and green beer, followed by a performance by the Iowa Scottish Pipes and Drums at noon.

Hoops & Hops at Cowles Commons

This two-day event, held March 16-17 at Cowles Commons, combines the best of all worlds—viewing of the first and second rounds of the NCAA Basketball Tournament, the Iowa Craft Beer Tent, seven food trucks and, of course, Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations on Saturday.

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day from StorageMart

At StorageMart, we love to be a part of the communities we serve, which is why we’re happy to bring you this round-up of local Saint Patrick’s Day events.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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