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Saint Patrick's Day Guide

Our lucky guide to a green world of pubs and parades

Prepare to see a world awash with green — St. Patrick's Day is at hand once again. With this year's national inebriation celebration falling on a Sunday, the hard stuff may have to be done the day before, but don't worry; there are plenty of pubs and parades to help you get into the spirit.

March 8

Beer, Boobs, Babes and Balls

Griff's Shenanigans Café & Bar

Cypresswood Golf Course

21602 Cypresswood, Spring

713-528-9912, www.griffshouston.net

Griff's will be holding its 31st annual Irish open golf tournament, also known as Beer, Boobs, Babes and Balls. Tee time is noon with a shotgun start. There'll be trophies and prizes for first, second and third places as well as special prizes for Closest to Hole and Longest Drive. You can also come early for a putting contest at 11 a.m. The individual entry fee is $135, and all participants must apply.

March 9

St. Baldrick's Day

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside

713-522-2603, www.brianoneills.com

Join with the folks at Brian O'Neill's for this year's St. Baldrick's Day celebration, where the truly generous among us will be shaving their heads for all to see in exchange for donations to help support kids with cancer. This event benefits St. Baldrick's Foundation, which funds research into children's cancer in the U.S. There's a 3 p.m. start time. To learn more about St. Baldrick's or to commit to shaving your head, visit www.stbaldricks.org.

March 10

7th Annual St. Baldrick's Day

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands

281-466-1502, www.thegoosesacre.com

Like its sister pub, Brian O'Neill's, The Goose's Acre will be participating in the 7th Annual St. Baldrick's Day celebration, which involves people shaving their heads publicly. This event helps raise donations for children's cancer research through the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The event starts at 3 p.m. To learn more about St. Baldrick's or to commit to shaving your head, please visit www.stbaldricks.org.

March 11

Green Clover Fun Run

The Goose's Acre Bistro & Irish Pub

21 Waterway Ave., The Woodlands

281-466-1502, www.thegoosesacre.com

The Goose's Acre Running Club will be hosting its third Green Clover Fun Run for charity, with all proceeds going to St. Baldrick's Foundation. The fun run, a 5K, starts at 5:30 p.m. Wearing green or other St. Patrick's-themed attire is highly encouraged. Registration fees are $20 and participants will receive a free goodie bag, complimentary dinner buffet and (for those who are of age) a free green beer. Register ­online.

March 12

St. Patrick's Day Cornhole Tournament under the Tent

Griff's Shenanigans Café & Bar

3416 Roseland

713-528-9912, www.griffshouston.net

Compete in the fourth annual St. Patrick's Day Cornhole Tournament under the tent at Griff's for prizes and fun. Also, enjoy Griff's steak night.

March 14

St. Paddy's Day Queen Contest

Griff's Shenanigans Café & Bar

3416 Roseland

713-528-9912, www.griffshouston.net

Griff's annual St. Paddy's Day Queen Contest starts at 7 p.m. under the tent. Judging will be based on natural beauty, poise, attire and personality. All contestants must apply; check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.

March 15

St. Practice Day Golf Tournament

Wildcat Golf Club

12000 Almeda Rd.

832-526-8764, www.luckyspub.com

Lucky's Pub holds its first annual St. Practice Day Golf Tournament — a sort of pregame event for the big day on the 17th with drinks, lunch and dinner included — at the Wildcat Golf Club at 12000 Almeda Road. The entry fee will cover the cost of the meals, the golf cart, an 18-hole green fee, a commemorative T-shirt and VIP entrance to Lucky's St. Patrick's Day party the day of. Individual entry is $135 and corporate entry is $625. Mulligans are available at four for $20 and hole sponsorships are $100 each. Tee time is at noon.

March 16

5th Annual Shamrock Shuffle

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside

713-522-2603, www.brianoneills.com

Brian O'Neill's 5th Annual Shamrock Shuffle will consist of the usual 5K Fun Run and 1K Kids Run benefiting the Houston Ronald McDonald House. The 5K run starts at 10 a.m., while the kids' run begins at 10:30 a.m. There will be a Sexy Kilt contest, an Irish Costume contest and a Dog Costume contest. There's also a raffle, and adults will receive a free drink ticket with every 5K registration as well as a free T-shirt if they register before March 6. Adult registration fees are $25 before March 11 and $40 after that. Registration in the kids' run is $10.

Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken and Open Irish Dish Cook-off

Griff's Shenanigans Café & Bar

3416 Roseland

713-528-9912, www.griffshouston.net

Join the folks at Griff's for its annual Irish Stew, Chili, Chicken and Open Irish Cook-off from noon to 6 p.m., with check-in between 9 and 11 a.m. Guests can join the 10 a.m. caravan known as the Green Tide to see Houston's Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, then return to Griff's after the parade for the cook­off. Each team will consist of six cooks, who must supply everything they might need, including propane, and prepare the food at Griff's after check-in, including five gallons of stew or chili and one whole chicken. City rules require that each team bring three aluminum pans each for a different cleaning purpose. The entry fee is $25 for one item or $50 for all four. Judging begins at 4 p.m. for chicken, 4:30 p.m. for stew, 5 p.m. for open and 5:30 p.m. for chili. Prizes are six festival passes and $50 worth of drink tickets for St. Paddy's Day for first place; six festival passes for St. Paddy's Day and $25 worth of drink tickets for second; and six festival passes for St. Paddy's Day for third place. Awards will be given for "Best Decorated Booth" and "Most Creative Stew," and beer will be provided for all participants during the competition. All participants must apply.

Houston St. Patrick's Parade

1800 Texas

www.hsppc.org

The whole city is invited to the 54th Annual St. Patrick's Parade. This year's theme emphasizes the pride inherent in being an Irish Texan. The parade features more than 100 entries every year, and is completely free to join. It begins at noon at Minute Maid Park and continues through 2 p.m.

March 16 to March 17

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Stag's Head

2128 Portsmouth

713-533-1199, www.stagsheadpub.com

The Stag's Head presents two days of bagpipers, green beer, Irish fare, Irish music and the Simply Irish Band. Free admission.

March 17

St. Paddy's Day

Brian O'Neill's

5555 Morningside

713-522-2603, www.brianoneills.com

Brian O'Neill's St. Paddy's Day event includes live entertainment by seven different bands, two full bars and six beer bars, as well as shot girls. The day begins with breakfast at 8 a.m. and ends with a parking lot party that lasts until 2 a.m. Offerings ­include traditional Irish foods such as shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage and fish and chips. $10.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

The Ginger Man Pub

5607 Morningside

713-526-2770, www.gingermanpub.com

The Ginger Man will have its usual St. Paddy's Day celebration.

48th Annual Griff's St. Patrick's Festival

Griff's Shenanigans Café & Bar

3416 Roseland

713-528-9912, www.griffshouston.net

The 48th Annual Griff's St. Patrick's Festival will last all day and night. Expect music, beer and companionship.

6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival

Lucky's Pub

801 St. Emanuel, 713-522-2010

27126 Northwest Fwy., 281-758-2514

2520 Houston Ave., 281-862-2400

www.luckyspub.com

Come St. Paddy's Day, Lucky's will once again be fully decked out with leprechauns, bagpipers and green beer for its 6th Annual St. Patrick's Day Festival. Doors open at 9 a.m. Visitors will enjoy entertainment by 15 bands and four DJs. All three locations are celebrating, so stop by any time. This year's goal, in keeping with the latest Internet phenomenon, is to perform the world's largest Harlem Shake. Radio station 94.5 The Buzz will be broadcasting live on ­location.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks

1201 Fannin

713-658-8100, www.mccormickandschmicks.com

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks at the Houston Pavilions celebrates the day with an extended happy hour and Irish-themed dishes.

Shamrock Fest 2013

Scout Bar

18307 Egret Bay

281-335-0002, www.scoutbar.com

Celebrate the day with a visit to Shamrock Fest 2013, which will feature PARABELLE, Saturate, Downfall 2012, Thread Belly and The Chemist Inside. The party also includes a live broadcast from radio station 94.5 The Buzz. Doors open at 7 p.m.; the show starts at 8 p.m. Drink specials include $5 pitchers and $2.50 Jägers. Guests 21 and older enter for free; those 18 and older get in for $10.

Eat, Drink and Be Irish

Sherlock's and Baker St. Pub & Grill

1952 W. Gray, 713-521-1881 (and seven other locations)

www.sherlockspub.com

All eight Sherlock's and Baker St. Pub & Grill locations in Houston will be serving up green beer and live musical entertainment for their Eat, Drink and Be Irish events.

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