St. Patrick's events in Smyrna start on Saturday, March 10 with the annual block party at Sheridan's Irish Pub, followed by the Smyrna-Clayton St. Patrick's Parade on Sunday, March 11, and then special events on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, at Sheridan's, The Celtic Pub, and SportZone.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS AT A GLANCE (See main story below)

March 10 - Sheridan’s Irish Pub Saint Patrick’s block party

WHEN 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 10; DJ Jay (4 p.m. to 8 p.m.); tricycle races (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.); live music by Glass Onion (8 p.m. to midnight).  
WHERE Sheridan’s Irish Pub, 42 West Commerce St., Smyrna
COST no cover until 5 p.m. ($8 after)
INFO or call 659-5566

March 11 - St. Patrick’s Parade

WHEN 2 p.m., Sunday, Mar. 11; lineup begins at 1 p.m.
WHERE Starting from North Smyrna Elementary, 365 N. Main Street, Smyrna, south on Main Street, west on South Street, north on Market Street Plaza
INFO To register for the parade, call Joanne Masten at 653-6235 or Stacy Hutson at 653-3572

March 17 - Celtic Pub Saint Patrick’s Day celebration

WHEN 11 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 17; DJ Chris Birch (9 p.m.)   
WHERE Celtic Pub, 699 Jimmy Drive, Suites 6 and 7, Simon’s Corner shopping center on Route 13 at the south Smyrna Route 1 interchange
COST No cover charge
INFO or call 653-7243

March 17 - SportsZone Saint Patrick’s Day celebration

WHEN 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 17; live band Delirious Rush (9 p.m.)
WHERE SportsZone, 235 Stadium Dr., Smyrna,
COST no cover charge
INFO Call 223-1808

March 17 - Sheridan’s Irish Pub Saint Patrick’s Day celebration

WHEN 9 a.m. to 1 a.m., Saturday, Mar. 17; Irish breakfast (9 a.m.); Live music by Ben and Billy (11 a.m. to 1 a.m.).
WHERE Sheridan’s Irish Pub, 42 West Commerce St., Smyrna
COST no cover until 2 p.m. ($5 after)
INFO or call 659-5566


One Irish couple plus two of their Saint Patrick’s Day events will equal pure Linsanity. 

With Saint Patrick’s Day just around the corner, we’ll give you a taste of how Irish husband and wife duo Joe and Shirley Sheridan (owners of Sheridan’s Irish Pub in Smyrna) are gradually building up to the shamrock-filled day. See boxes accompanying this story for other venues in the area hosting Saint Patty’s Day events.

Saint Patty’s block party
Once a year, every bar and pub aims to pull out all the stops for Saint Patrick’s Day. But not Sheridan’s. They go hard everyday, offering a full menu of traditional Irish cuisine and weekly live music. This Saturday (from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.) the venue will host its 7th annual Saint Patrick’s block party, beginning with Smyrna’s DJ Jay providing part of the night’s soundtrack.

From 6-8 p.m. the annual adult tricycle races will kickoff, featuring teams of four who’ll go head-to-head in male and female categories. The overall winning team of men and ladies will then duke it out with one another to be named king or queen of the trike. Moreover the top team of men and women will each be recognized with shiny hardware.

Meanwhile patrons will have a reservoir of traditional Irish eats at their fingertips, including shepherd’s pie, corned beef and cabbage and boxty – a dish Joe, 54, describes as “a potato pancake” that’s about “eight inches round” and consists of different stuffings such as roast beef, ham, Cajun shrimp and vegetables. For those not feeling adventurous about trying Irish cuisine, keep in mind that American favorites like cheese steaks, burgers and buffalo wings are also on the menu.

In addition, patrons will be able to wet their whistle with a wealth of cold drinks, from your typical Guinness to craft beers like Abita’s Jockimo (a dark ale with a coffee flavor) and Old Court (an English ale) from Georgetown’s 16 Mile Brewery.

Dover cover band Glass Onion will close out the night from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Smyrna Saint Patrick’s Parade
Following Sheridan’s block party, the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Smyrna will launch Sunday. The parade – organized by the Smyrna-Clayton July 4th Association – starts at 2 p.m. at North Smyrna Elementary on North Main Street, heading south to South Street at the Smyrna Opera House, then west on South Street, and north on Market Street Plaza past the Town Hall and Post Office, ending at Sheridan’s Irish Pub. Awards will be dispersed to various outstanding organizations in the community.

Newark’s Irish folk and classic rock duo Benny and Bill will perform at Sheridan’s following the parade.
Joe Sheridan, a member of the July 4th Association, loves seeing the little ones soak up the parade.

“It’s a great thing to see the little kids out there on the streets,” he said.

Joanne Masten, chairman of the association, says she can’t wait for the event.

“It means a lot to me because I can give back to the town,” Masten said. 

Going green on St. Patrick's Day
The morning of Saint Patty’s Day, Sheridan’s will jumpstart their day at 9 a.m. with an Irish breakfast for champions, offering eggs in whatever style patrons desire; Irish sausage (a cross between pork sausage and Canadian bacon). Furthermore the meal includes white and black pudding. White pudding, which is like an oversized sausage and comes in a sausage-like sleeve, isn’t sweet, but rather breadcrumb-based, made with “special” spices and has a peppery taste.

Similar to white pudding, black pudding also comes in a sleeve but includes pig blood as one of its ingredients.

Though blood may not sound like a sexy ingredient, Joe maintains black pudding is where it’s at.

"If I let you eat it and didn’t tell you what was in it, you’d say “Oh, that’s good,” he said.

Beyond that, Sheridan’s Saint Patty’s Day event won’t differ much from their block party function, except Benny and Bill will perform at the venue from 11 a.m. to midnight.

“We don’t actually do anything special for Saint Patrick’s Day,” Joe said. “Because we do it all anyway.