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St. Patrick's Day and weekend event roundup

Last Updated May 10, 2015 at 1:21 pm EDT

A marching band follows as part of the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown Toronto in 2012. 680News/Jay Vallis

May the luck of the Irish be with you this St. Patrick’s Day weekend!

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate the festivities — all you need is some Celtic cheer.

Don’t have any plans yet? Below is a list of some events taking place this weekend:

Achilles St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk

The five-kilometre run, which takes place on Sunday at 10:30 a.m, starts and ends at 255 Bremner Blvd., outside the Roundhouse at Steam Whistle Brewing.

Participants can enjoy live music by the Irish group Birling, along with a refreshing Steam Whistle pilsner and a hot bowl of Irish chili.

Prizes will be awarded to the top runners and walkers. It’s the 15th anniversary of the run/walk.

Click here for more information.

Toronto St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The annual parade starts at noon on Sunday, starting from Bloor and St. George streets, and continues along Bloor to Yonge Street, and finishes at Nathan Phillips Square on Queen. Click here for the parade route.

TTC riders will be able to access the route at St. George, Bloor & Yonge, Wellesley, College, Dundas and Queen stations.

This year’s Grand Marshal is Ireland’s Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor. The lightweight boxer won gold in 2012, the first year women’s boxing was included in the Olympics.

Click here for more information.

Carlsberg St. Party’s Day

The fourth annual party brings together over 8,000 people from different backgrounds, featuring Irish dancers, live bands, and of course, food and beer!

The event is held from Friday to Sunday at Andrew Richard Designs, located at 571 Adelaide St. E.

Click here for event and ticket details. NOTE: Tickets for Saturday have already been sold out.

St. Patrick’s Week

Enjoy a whiskey night, oyster-shucking contest, Lord of the Flies pig-head roast and Irish dancers at the Ceili Cottage pub in Leslieville.

The event is held from Friday to Sunday at 1301 Queen S. E. Friday-Monday.

Click here for more information.

Pop-up dinner at Insomnia

Tired of the typical St. Patrick’s Day fare? On Monday, Insomnia restaurant‘s The Table Setters menu offers snacks tailors around a baseball theme, such as Batterup — whitefish dipped in brown ale batter — and RBI Ribs — pork ribs tossed in “left field” oatmeal and brown ale BBQ sauce.

The dinner takes place at Insomnia, located at 563 Bloor Street, and the cost is $40, plus tax and tip.

Click here for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Gladstone Hotel

Party it up Gladstone style with DJs AJ Frick (of Abracadabra) and Christian Hamilton (of Dementia 13), as well as food and drink specials throughout the evening.

It will be held on Monday at the Gladstone Hotel, located at 1214 Queen St W. There’s no cover to get in.

Click here for more information.

St. Patrick’s Day at Famous People Players

Celebrate the lead-up to St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday at Famous People Players. Irish dancers and the Chris Ellis Jazz Trio will perform and enjoy a meal as well.

The theatre is located at 343 Evans Ave. Call the box office at 416-532-1137 to purchase tickets.

Click here for more information.

Rant Maggie Rant

Ontario-based Celtic group Rant Maggie Rant takes to the Hugh’s Room stage on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

The dinner and music venue is located at 2261 Dundas St. W. People can either attend just the show, or partake in dinner and a show.

The band first appeared at a St. Paddy’s Day event at the venue in 2011, and due to high demand, performed the following years as well.

Click here for more information.

Mill Street Beer Hall

On Monday, Mill Street’s Brew Pub’s Beer Hall will help bring out the Irish in you with live music featuring the Steel City Rovers, beer flights (similar to wine tasting), $10 stein specials, and complimentary appetizers at 5 p.m.

The pub is located in the Distillery District, at 21 Tank House Lane. Click here for more information.

Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments section below.