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The Luck of the Irish in Key Largo

St. Patrick’s day in the Florida Keys is truly atypical from the holiday as it’s experienced in most of the Northern Hemisphere. What is normally a mid-winter holiday (warming yourself at the pub or viewing a city parade all bundled up in a scarf and hat) is transformed into a tropical celebration that can be enjoyed outdoors. Enjoy your green beverages under the sway of palm trees with these two parade options:

Caribbean Club: This Key Largo establishment offers a family-friendly event in the form of the 20th annual Upper Keys Irish Festival, which includes a parade starting at 12pm and a kids fun zone. The event runs from 11am-5pm on Saturday, March 16th. Make sure to try the famous corned beef!

Snappers: Another local joint claims that their parade is “the original” on Key Largo, and you can catch it after the aforementioned Irish Festival as it starts later that day, around 3pm. This party has corned beef too, but it’s not quite as family-friendly: jello shots, green beer, Irish car bombs, and even an Erin Go “Bragh”-less Bar!

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