Downtown Greenville is expected to again live up to its name next month, as the city hosts the second annual All Pats’ Day Celebration.
The Saint Patrick’s Day-related activities on March 14 will include a pedestrian parade, green beer, a team treasure hunt and more, according to the official announcement released Tuesday by the Greenville chamber.
A committee organizing the event is inviting anyone named Pat, Patrick, Patty or Patricia, as well as people who have birthdays in March, to be the guests of honor for The All Pats’ St. Patrick’s Pedestrian Parade.
Anyone wanting to walk in the parade along with the guests of honor is welcome. All that is needed is fun green St. Patrick-style attire.
The parade route itself has been expanded this year and will take place on the sidewalks with a longer trip around Lee Street and the courthouse.
Katy Ridge, owner of Cornerstone Insurance, will be the grand marshal and will carry an original custom glass scepter made by local artist Monica Lubiani of Lubiani Studios. She is the artist that made the glass scepter carried in the first parade last year and has agreed to make an original scepter for each year going forward.
The walkers in the parade will gather by 12:45 p.m. near Los Quates Mexican Restaurant, 2919 Lee St.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. and proceeds west on Lee past the Empty Glass Saloon and continues on the north sidewalk to the corner of St. John Street, across the street to the south sidewalk and passes by Jesse’s Girl to the corner of the courthouse square.
The route will then turn right on Stonewall, left on Washington, left on Johnson in front of Armstrong Appliance and onto Mac’s American Grille. The route then turns right on the south side of the sidewalk on Lee and will head to Ain’t just Pie, across the street over to Crawford Smith Inc. and the walkers will progress west on Lee to the Landon Winery patio.
A costume contest and group photo on the courthouse steps will cap off the parade, then be followed by a treasure hunt that will take place with registration on the patio of Landon Winery until 2 p.m.
Teams of 4 will be working on Greenville and St. Patrick’s Day Trivia while solving puzzles that direct them to select Greenville merchants. Once at the merchants’ location, if they have correctly solved the puzzle, they will get a letter. Combining all of the letters correctly will lead to the treasure. In case of a tie, the team with the most correct trivia answers wins a chest of downtown merchant treasures.
Restaurants and shops will be open and participating restaurants will have green beer.