As the old Irish toast goes:

My friends are the best friends
Loyal, willing and able.
Now let’s get to drinking!
All glasses off the table!

Even though St. Patrick's Day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, it has become a day to celebrate Irish culture with parades and green beer. St. Patrick's Day is a day when everyone is Irish if they want to be.

Several events are planned around Sioux Falls this weekend to celebrate.

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    Ceili Band at McNally's

    Enjoy music from the Ceili Band from 7:00 - 9:00 PM on Thursday, March 16.

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    Breakfast and Irish Music at McNallys

    McNally's opens at 8:00 AM on Friday, March 17 and will serve breakfast until 11:00 AM. Ceili Band will play from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and Dakota District Pipes and Drums will perform at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM.

    On Saturday, March 18, Ceili Band will play at McNally's from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM.

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    St. Patrick's Celebration at the Old Courthouse Museum

    5:00 - 7:30 PM. Dakota District Pipes and Drums, Ceili Band and Celtic Steps will perform throughout the evening. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Admission is free.

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    Painting of the Shamrock

    Saturday, March 18 at 11:00 AM there will be the reading of the Proclamations, the painting of the Shamrock, Khartum Temple Pipes and Drums playing music and the crowing of Miss Shamrock at 9th and Phillips and First National Bank.

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    St. Patrick's Day Parade

    The parade starts at 2:00 PM in downtown Sioux Falls at 13th and Phillips and travels north to 5th and Phillips.

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    14th Annual El Riad Fife and Drum St. Patty's Day Bash

    Saturday, March 18 at the  El Riad Shrine in downtown Sioux Falls. Doors open at 11:00 AM. Free admission all day. Reserved tables available. Green beer, food and fun.

    12:30 PM - Beer Pong Tourney

    4:00 - 8:00 PM - Khartum Pipes and Drum

    8:00 PM - Eclipse Band

    Must be 21. Call 336-1117 for more info.

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    St. Patrick's Day at Borrowed Bucks

    Several events are planned this weekend at Bucks. Friday, March 17:

    $1 green taps from  4:00-7:00 PM.

    $2 pizza and wing orders from 4:00-7:00 PM.

    17 Cent green taps from 7:00-9:00 PM.

    $3 Irish car bombs, Jameson Irish Whiskey drinks and Guinness taps from 9:00-Midnight.

    Saturday, March 18:

    Beer Pong Tourney. Free to play with cash and prizes awarded to 1st and 2nd. Sign up by 2:30 and the tourney starts at 3:00.

    50 cent taps from 3:00-7:00 PM

    $3 Irish car bombs, Jameson Irish Whiskey drinks and Guinness taps from 8:00-11:00 PM.

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    Free Johnny Holm Show at Grand Falls Casino

    Friday, March 17 at Grand Falls Casino and Golf Resort. The Johnny Holm Band will play a free show in the Lounge. The band will play from 8:30 PM – Midnight. Get there early if you want a seat.

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    TreFoil at Calico Skies

    Celebrate St. Patrick's Day a few days late at Calico Skies Vineyard and Winery. On Sunday, March 19, Calico Skies hosts Sunday Sips and Swings. This Sunday is music from the Celtic trio, Trefoil from 2:00-5:00 PM.