Running of the Leprechauns

The Running of the Leprechauns is one of many events offered throughout the area for St. Patty's Day.

Parades, parties, leprechauns, whiskey flights, food and fiddles — there is enough Irish-themed celebrating in South Jersey to make anyone go green for a day.

Below is a roundup of St. Patrick’s Day events taking place throughout the region.

St. Patty’s Parade in A.C.

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Keeping with an Atlantic City tradition that started in 1986, the 29th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin on the Boardwalk 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, beginning at New Jersey Avenue and continuing down to Albany Avenue.

The parade will include pipe bands, string bands, marching bands and floats. This year’s Grand Marshals are Frank Ferry and Thomas Patrick Flynn.

And, of course, all of the local bars will be packed afterward, including the Irish Pub, Maloney’s Uptown Tavern, the Ducktown Tavern, Ri-Ra Irish Pub and more.

Parade in North Wildwood

The streets of North Wildwood will be jam-packed with green on Saturday, March 15, for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, beginning noon on the steps of North Wildwood City Hall.

The parade will proceed north on Atlantic Avenue to Olde New Jersey Avenue. The event is free. Call 609-522-2955 or go to

10-Miler and 5K in Margate

The 36rd annual St Patrick’s Day Boardwalk 10-Miler and 5K run will be held Saturday, March 15, at Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate.

The 10-miler will take runners from Decatur Avenue in Margate to the boardwalk in Ventnor to Bally’s Atlantic City and back. The race begins at 10 a.m.

Participants can register in advance through Thursday, March 13, at In-person registration will be held 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. until race time Saturday at Ventura’s Greenhouse. Long-sleeve shirts will be provided to those who pre-register while supplies last.

For the sixth consecutive year, the run will benefit both the Donny Fund and the South Jersey Field of Dreams. For more information go to, or call John Glassey at 609-641- 8666.

Parade in Sea Isle City

Celebrate the Irish heritage of Sea Isle City 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15, with the 24th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Celebration, beginning at 93rd Street along Landis Avenue and heading down to 63rd Street.

The annual Celtic procession will include live pipe-and-drum music, Irish residents, municipal and county officials, Sea Isle’s 2014 “Irish Royal Family” and many other participants wearing their finest green attire.

Following the parade, Mayor Leonard Desiderio and his family will host their annual “Irish Celebration” at Kix McNutley’s on 63rd Street.

Numerous Tropicana events

Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City will host a week of St. Patrick’s Day specials and events, including whiskey flights, beer and food specials and, of course, running with leprechauns.

Get front-row seats to the Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade at Chickie’s & Pete’s boardwalk patio beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 15. Enjoy three flights of Jameson whiskey (12 year, Redbreast and Black Barrel) for $15, plus daily draft beer specials. Call 609-344-1080 for pricing and details.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day “Running of the Leprechauns,” hosted by WMGM 103.7-FM, takes place 10 p.m. Saturday with the official “run” down the Boardwalk and through The Quarter at Tropicana led by Hooters girls and Boogie Nights characters. The evening begins 8 p.m. at Hooters, moving to Firewaters 9 to 10 p.m., and the run lands partygoers at A Dam Good Sports Bar. The party continues there with a sexy leprechaun contest with a $250 Visa gift card up for grabs.

After parties will take place at Ri Ra Irish Pub and Boogie Nights, which will offer free admission with a “Running of the Leprechauns” wristband.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 the day of the event. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ellie Koerner Leukemia Foundation. Go to for full event details and to purchase advance tickets. Go to

Fiddle Club in Linwood

Dr. May Strange’s Wandering Minstrels will perform Irish music at Linwood Central Methodist Church 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Strange, a violinist and head teacher of the Music Studio in Linwood, has brought her five-piece Wandering Minstrels to locations such as Albert Hall in Barnegat. The group performs American folk music, Irish music and Renaissance music

Central Methodist Church is located at 5 Marvin Ave., Linwood. The concert is free and open to the public. Call 609-927-2500 or the church at 609-927-4882.

Wear Green, Save Green at Atlantic City Aquarium

The Atlantic City Aquarium is getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day with a special pre-holiday special on Saturday, March 15. Visitors wearing green will save $1 off the price of admission at the Atlantic City Aquarium.

The promotion coincides with the Atlantic City St. Patrick’s Day Parade on the boardwalk.

A live diver feeding show takes place 11 a.m. Watch and interact with the diver as he feeds the stingrays inside the tank. At noon and 3 p.m., it’s feeding time for the cow nose rays. Visitors can hand feed these species by purchasing cups of food. Cups of food are $2 (or $1 for members). At 2 p.m., visitors can get close to the aquarium’s more unusual inhabitants at the exotic animal show.

The Atlantic City Aquarium is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m daily. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $5 for children ages 4 to 12. Children 3 and younger are free. Located in Atlantic City’s Historic Gardner’s Basin. Call 609-348-2880 or go to

Tartan Terrors at Levoy Theatre

See the best is Irish music, comedy and dance when the Tartan Terrors come to the Levoy Theatre 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15.

Taking the Celtic scene by storm, the Tartan Terrors feature a world champion bagpiper, drums from around the world and a guitar played unlike any you’ve ever heard, combined with dancers and comedic performers.

Tickets are $22 and $27. The Levoy Theatre is located at 126 N. High St, downtown Millville. Call 856-327-6400 or go to

‘Police vs. Fire’ St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament

Join the fun for the third annual Police vs. Fire St. Patrick’s Day Golf Tournament Monday, March 17, at McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links in EHT.

Registration for the four-person scramble begins 9 a.m. with a shotgun start 10 a.m. The $49 cost includes golf, cart and a Library III burger, salad and beer following the game. The tournament is open to everyone, but each foursome must have at least one law enforcement or fire department representative on their team (active or retired). If you do not have a foursome you will be teamed up within your profession.

McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links is located at 3016 Ocean Heights Ave., Egg Harbor Township. All golfers must pay in advance. Call 609-926-3900, ext. 2, or stop by the pro shop.

Luncheon for Ranch Hope

Ranch Hope Auxiliary No. 13 of Atlantic County and the students at the Eagle Academy, EHT’s alternative high school, will host a Luncheon at the Eagle Academy 11 a.m. Friday, March 14.

The luncheon is open to the public. A donation of $6 per person is payable at the door.

The luncheon buffet will include roast turkey and trimmings, meatballs, sausage and peppers, pork and red cabbage, homemade dishes made at the academy and by auxiliary members, as well as salads, food donated by restaurants, desserts and beverages. Take-out meals are also available.

Eagle Academy is located on Bargaintown Road in Egg Harbor Township, adjacent to the municipal hall. Proceeds benefit the students at Ranch Hope, a place for troubled youth in Alloway Township.

Call the Eagle Academy at 609-926-1235.

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