Get Lucky! It’s The Memphis St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2020
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It’s time for the annual wearing of the green in Memphis! Here’s a list of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Memphis, from parades to parties and everything in between.
Did you know that the Irish diaspora has played a major role in Memphis history and growth? Keep scrolling for fun facts about Irish peoples’ connection to Memphis from contributor Aisling Maki.
Here’s a list of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 2020 in the 901. Sláinte, y’all.
Traditional Irish Seisun, Celtic Crossing, Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 p.m. – 10 p.m., free to enter, all ages
Did you know that Celtic Crossing hosts a weekly Irish music night every Tuesday? Musicians jam with Irish music on the enclosed patio, and it’s also two-for-one fish and chips night. Celtic will be turnt for March 17th St. Patrick’s Day, but if you’re looking for a more chill evening, go any other week.
2020 St. Patrick’s Day Ride, March 14, 8 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. ride. $10-$20
Cyclists can meet at Central Church to join the Memphis Hightailers for their annual St. Patrick’s Day ride.
Beale Street Silky O’Sullivan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 14, 2 p.m., free admission, all ages
Wear your green and bring the fam to historic Beale Street to enjoy live music, cars, dancers, floats and more at the 47th Annual Silky O’Sullivan Beale Street St. Patrick’s Day Parade. It’s a Memphis tradition! – Ed. Note: St. Patrick’s is postponed until April 11.
The Emerald Isle at Elmwood, Sunday, March 15, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., $20, 18+
Enjoy delicious Irish-themed treats and adult beverages (for those with ID) followed by a 45-minute presentation focused on the lives of the Irish and Scots who rest at historic Elmwood Cemetery. Advance registration is required.
St. Patrick’s Celebration, Flying Saucer Cordova, March 17, 11 a.m. – 11:30 p.m., free to enter, 21+
Flying Saucer in Cordova offers $5 Guinness, corned beef & hash, Shepard’s pie, bagpipers, and St. Paddy’s Day fun.
Highlander Pub St. Patrick’s Day Party, March 17, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., 21+
Irish music plus Irish whiskey, ale, and dinner specials are happening at this Collierville pub on Tuesday, March 17th.
Get Lucky at Loflin Yard, March 17, 4 p.m. – midnight, free to enter, 21+
Loflin will have green beer, jello shots, half-priced Jameson, and live music at 9 p.m.
The Brass Door St. Paddy’s Day Festivities, TBA
Downtown’s Irish hub traditionally hosts a day jam-packed with festivities, some family friendly. Stay tuned for details.
Celtic Crossing St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, March 17, Times and Price TBA
Celtic Crossing Irish Pub and Restaurant, the heartbeat of Irish culture in Midtown, usually hosts an annual all-day blowout featuring live music on the patio and in the party tent, specials on Irish fare, and Guinness flowing all day. Family friendly by day, but kids must clear out by evening. More details to come.
TJ Mulligan’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities, March 17th, multiple locations, all day
Annual celebrations at all the Memphis-area Mulligan’s locations feature Irish food and drink specials, music and other festivities. Check out the Facebook events for more information: Hwy 64 location, Kirby location, Trinity location.
Cooper-Young St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 17, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m., free, family friendly
This St. Patrick’s Day parade in the heart of Midtown features floats, bands, cars, leprechauns, pipers and more. The fourth annual parade, organized by the Memphis Irish Society and Celtic Crossing, kicks off at York, next to Memphis Made Brewery, and travels down Cooper Street to Walker. This year’s parade will honor public servants of Irish heritage, including police, firefighters, clergy, teachers and medical professionals.
Murphy’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
We know Murphy’s will be doin’ at St. Patrick’s thing. Blessing of the Kegs and music by Big Betsy, Earl the Pearl, and more. This will be an adults-only event.
Lie-rish Legends, Brass Door, Friday, March 20, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m., $5, 18+
The Bluff City Liars comedy club perform an Irish folklore-inspired improv comedy show at the Brass Door Irish pub downtown. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., full bar available.
Fun facts about the Irish in Memphis:
– In the Mid-1800s, teacher Eugene Magevny, an Irish immigrant from County Fermanagh, helped establish Memphis’ public school system, as well as the city’s first Catholic church — St. Peter’s on Adams Avenue. His house is open to the public for tours.
– Mary Harris Jones, better known as Mother Jones, immigrated from County Cork. She lost her husband and four children in the Yellow Fever Epidemic in Memphis’ Pinch District, which was a heavily Irish neighborhood at the time. Mother Jones went on to become one of the most prominent labor and community organizers in American history.
-Sarah Hardin Murphy Leath immigrated from Belfast, Ireland and married James Leath. Later in life, she donated nine acres of land that became a home for widows and orphans, and left an additional 20 acres in her will. That organization evolved into the nonprofit you know today as Porter-Leath.
– Modern Irish Memphians DJ Naylor, Seamus Loftus, and Patrick and Deni Reilly run some pubs and restaurants you probably know and love — Celtic Crossing, Majestic Grille, and The Brass Door.
– Memphis Gaelic Athletic Association offers co-ed opportunities to all Memphians interested in playing the traditional Irish sports of hurling and Gaelic football.
–Memphis Irish Society is a group for Irish diaspora and enthusiasts of Irish culture, which offers social and learning opportunities around traditional music, Irish (Gaelic) language and more. It’s open to anyone — Irish or not — with an interest in the Land of Saints and Scholars.
– When she’s not tending to her medical patients, Dr. Mary McGinty, whose family hails from Achill Island in County Mayo, teaches traditional Irish step dancing to local children of all backgrounds at her Inis Acla School of Irish Dance in Cordova.
-You can catch live traditional Irish music at Celtic Crossing twice a month, on the second and fourth Tuesdays. The traditional Irish seisún coincides with two-for-one fish ‘n chips night.
Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!
About The Contributor
Aisling Maki is a freelance writer, editor, and public and media relations specialist with awards from The Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists and Public Relations Society of America, as well as several awards for fiction writing. Her work has appeared in publications in more than 20 countries. You can usually find her cheering on the Grizzlies, doing outdoorsy things, or traveling with her daughter, Brídín. They live in Cooper-Young with a dog, a guinea pig and a pair of pet mice.