Spirit of Spring (Loop & Phelan Lucky)

Parade and St. Paddy’s Loop a dynamic double-header

Nothing says spring has arrived in Wilmington—psychologically if not meteorologically—like the one-two punch of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade followed by the Shamrock Shuttle.

The Irish Culture Club of Delaware’s 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, set for Saturday, March 12, gets things rolling early with a noon start on King Street in Downtown Wilmington. You can expect traditional Irish favorites such as Kelly’s Logan House and Catherine Rooney’s to be packed within minutes of the parade’s end. Also this year, a foursome of Union Street venues (Dead Presidents, 8th & Union, Rocco and North Quarter) are joining to host a post-parade party to help showcase the progress the area is making with new restaurants and more than $100 million recently invested in the area.

Later that day, the Shamrock Shuttle/St. Paddy’s Loop continues the celebration, with cover charges at many of the venues beginning early afternoon. Complimentary Loop shuttle service begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 1 a.m.

This year’s Shuttle includes 13 city nightspots representing Trolley Square, Downtown, West End and the Riverfront. A one-time cover charge of $10 gains entry into all 13. For a list of participating venues or questions on the Loop, visit outandaboutnow.com.

Phelan Lucky

By the way, if you happen to see a number of St. Patrick’s revelers sporting “Phelan Lucky” shirts, they are the proud supporters of a campaign organized by Wilmington’s Randolph family. Jack Randolph, 12, suffers from Phelan-McDermid Syndrome, a very rare chromosomal abnormality (less than 1,000 have been diagnosed with PMS worldwide). Those with PMS often suffer from intellectual disabilities, sleep disorders and seizures. Several years ago, the Randolph family sought to bring attention and financial support to the PMS Foundation by selling Phelan Lucky T-shirts. Their efforts have been a smashing success. At least one person in all 50 states has purchased the shirt and this year the campaign sold 2,742 shirts to raise more than $46,000. For more, visit the Phelan Lucky Facebook page.

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