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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Five ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Smyrna

  • Lucky locals have three days of St. Patrick's Day celebrations ahead of them this weekend. With Irish fare, more than a few drinks, a parade and the tricycle races, there is plenty to do this weekend in Smyrna to celebrate the luck of the Irish.
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  • The day to wear your Irish pride—and the day to pretend you are Irish—will be here in just a few days. Since the "holiday" falls on a Monday this year, many events start this weekend.
    In Smyrna, there are several events and ways to celebrate:
    1 Saturday at Sheridan’s Now nine years strong, Sheridan’s Irish Pub and Restaurant’s annual block party has something for everybody.  The bash begins at 4 p.m., and will rage on until 1 a.m., with live music and plenty of Irish revelry.  For those who have been before, co-owner Shirley Sheridan says people can expect the same good time they’ve always enjoyed beneath the heated tents that make their yearly appearance just for this party.
    Another big draw? The adult tricycle races, with preliminary heats for both men and women. The final race pits the best of each against each other.
    “There are bragging rights and a trophy at stake,” said “Sheridan. “It’s always a tight race but I think I remember the ladies coming out on top last year.”
    2 Sheridan’s safety net As the party spills outside, parking can become a nightmare on and around Commerce Street. That’s no problem, Sheridan says.
    “Just like the past several years, we’ll have a taxi service available for people who need a ride home,” Sheridan said, adding that the safety of her customers has always been a priority. “We want our guests to be able to let loose and have a good time but we also want them to be safe.  So, we hire a taxi to sit outside. Of course, people are responsible for their own fares but we do make sure someone is here.”
    The taxi ride home is not always about needing a designated driver, though. Sheridan said that she often sees people get dropped off because they know the taxi can take them back home or to their car later.
    3 Off Commerce Street Sheridan’s block party may be one of the best known pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations but it’s not the only one. Beginning at 2 p.m., Saturday, at The Celtic Pub, patrons will be able to munch on traditional Irish staples like corn beef, cabbage and beef stew.  Karaoke begins 9 p.m. On Monday, the pub will open an hour earlier at 10 a.m., with more Irish food, Irish music all day and live music at 7 p.m.
    Page 2 of 2 - The Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Bar is also getting in on the fun this year, hosting the Richard Carl Band and James Swetland Saturday night for its first post-“Restaurant Impossible”  St. Patrick’s Day celebration.
    4 Sunday at the parade This year’s parade will begin at St. Polycarp Catholic Church on Ransom Lane, ending at Smyrna Municipal Park, about a mile away. Smyrna-Clayton July 4th Association President and Mayor Joanne Masten said that she expects 45 to 50 groups to participate in the parade this year, including the Smyrna High School band and the Citizens Fire Company Hose Band. Parade line-up will begin at 1:30 p.m.
    “People are welcome to sign up to be in the parade until we set off,” Masten said. “Or, they can call me at (302) 270-1747(302) 270-1747 and sign up directly with me.”
    The Citizens Hose Auxiliary is also going to be walking along the parade route, collecting non-perishable items for the Food Bank of Delaware. Delaware Safe Kids Coordinator Mike O’Malley said they’re going to make giving as easy as possible. People can toss items in the little red wagons volunteers will be pulling or they can stop by the fire house any time during the parade.
    5 Back at Sheridan’s on Monday As if the annual block party on Saturday wasn’t enough, Sheridan’s actually starts the party right about the same time some people are clocking in for work at 9 a.m.
    “People are typically lined up by seven or 7:30 a.m.,” Sheridan said. “We’ll give out free t-shirts and pins to the first 50 people. A lot of folks come year after year with their pins. It’s a fun collector’s item.”
    The full menu will be available all day with music switching between Benny Preston and Dave Hawkins. This year, Sheridan’s will host two special Irish treats: Irish dancers will perform at approximately 4 or 4:30 p.m., followed by bagpipers around 6 p.m.
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