Ten Lucky Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Denver

Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2017.
Saint Patrick's Day Parade 2017. Jacqueline Collins
It's just a few days to St. Patrick's Day, that most beloved of holidays, when Americans tout their (tenuous at best) Irish heritage and honor a fifth-century missionary by wearing sequined green hats and vomiting in the streets. Every Irish pub in Denver is planning a party that will run into the wee hours, but if you're looking for something a bit different, here are ten options:

click to enlarge If you're in the rainforest, you don't have to wear green this Saint Patrick's Day. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
If you're in the rainforest, you don't have to wear green this Saint Patrick's Day.
Danielle Lirette
Rainforest Yoga
8 to 9 a.m. Saturday, March 17
Butterfly Pavilion
It's no Emerald Isle, but you can still get a great (and green) start to the day with a yoga practice in the midst of a tropical rainforest. For $10 in advance or $12 at the door, surround yourself with vines and vinyasa your way to inner peace. It's the most soothing, centering thing you can do on St. Patrick's Day (Jameson shots sure aren't going to help you access that third eye). Find out more at the Butterfly Pavilion Facebook page.

Erin Go Braugh 7.77K

9 a.m. Saturday, March 17
Westminster Promenade
Do you feel lucky? Well, do you, punk? Take advantage of the luck o' the Irish by signing up for the Erin Go Braugh 7.77K, where you won't be running from an unhinged San Francisco cop; instead, you'll be heading toward a finish line where a bottomless pot of Lucky Charms and free beer awaits. You can even bring your best running partner — your pooch — on this route (bonus points if you show up with an Irish wolfhound). Advance registration, $40, is open until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 16, at Erin Go Braugh Run's website, but if you wake up that morning feeling particularly fortunate, you can join the stampede on the same day for $50.

click to enlarge Even stormtroopers want to be Irish one day out of the year. - JACQUELINE COLLINS
Even stormtroopers want to be Irish one day out of the year.
Jacqueline Collins
Denver St. Patrick's Day Parade
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17
Coors Field
No list of St. Patrick's Day shenanigans would be complete without mentioning the granddaddy of them all, the city's parade. The event is billed as the largest Gaelic processional west of the Mississippi; the controlled chaos that ensues (over 200,000 spectators lined the streets last year) gives you the chance to rock that green felt top hat and revel in your (real or imagined) Irish ancestry. This year, the parade steps off from Coors Field parking lot and Wynkoop Street before wending its way north on Blake Street; find out more (and find out where the hell you're going to park) at the parade website. Though the marching doesn't start until the very reasonable hour of 9:30 a.m., chances are you'll want to stake out a spot much earlier; spectators start showing up as early as 6 a.m., so bring a Thermos of Irish coffee along to ensure you're filled with Irish cheer for the rest of the morning.

Saint Patrick's Day Party
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17
Sun Harley-Davidson
Parties in unlikely locations are almost always charming. The Chinese New Year celebration at your local VFW? Odd and awesome, especially with those cheap beers. Spanish Paella Day (that's March 27, in case you're keeping track) at the Ethiopian restaurant? Even better. Same goes for a St. Patrick's Day party at a Harley dealership. Even if you're not in the market for a hog, there's no reason you can't show up for free corned beef and cabbage, soda pong and cornhole. And if you are looking for a bike or just some branded gear, all the better. The dealership's Facebook page has details, as well as deals on merch.

click to enlarge Arvada's Olde Town celebration welcomes you and the snappers. - BRANDON MARSHALL
Arvada's Olde Town celebration welcomes you and the snappers.
Brandon Marshall
Olde Town Arvada Saint Patrick's Day Festival
Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17
Historic Olde Town Arvada
This street festival may be your best bet if you're looking for a St. Paddy's Day celebration with a small-town feel. While beer and wine will be served (what's a culturally appropriated holiday without the booze?), this is a  decidedly family-friendly event, with Irish music and dancing, craft vendors and a paint-by-number mural to entertain the wee ones. Admission is free; find out more at Olde Town Arvada's website.

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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