If, like me, you have lived in South Florida for many years, have already been to all of the local St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivals many times, and are suffering from “Been there…Done that” boredom, then do what I’m going to do this year: join the St. Patrick’s Day weekend celebration in Washington, DC:
2011 National SHAMROCKFEST in Washington, DC- Saturday March 12, 2011
12:00 – 9:00 PM – RFK Stadium- 2400 E. Capitol St. NE, Washington, DC.
The 2011 National SHAMROCKFEST will feature over 40 amazing bands and DJs on 10 stages, plus roving entertainers, endless beer stations, food and craft vendors, an Irish Village, Shamrock Pub Games, carnival rides & games, massive tented and open areas, and much more. Get ready to join over 40,000 revelers at the greatest St. Patrick’s Day festival to ever hit the Nation’s Capitol.
St. Patrick’s Day 8K Run in Washington, DC- Sunday, March 13, 2011
9:00 AM– Near Freedom Plaza – 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.
Washington, DC’s premier springtime 8K marks the official start of the spring racing season! Come to Freedom Plaza for a day of family fun that includes: a great 8K run; deep awards structure; 1K kids fun run; Irish dancing; fruit, bagels, cookies, and water near the finish line; and random prizes from businesses that are active in the running community.
Registration Fee: $30 thru March 10, 2011.
Registration Closing Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011 by 5:00 PM.
2011 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, D.C. – Sunday, March 13, 2011
12:00 Noon – Constitution Avenue – from 7th to 17th Streets NW in Washington, DC.
The 40th annual Washington DC St. Patrick’s Day parade will start at 12:00 Noon, and will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets. This year’s parade theme is: A Heritage of Education and Community Service. The parade Grand Marshal will be Marilee Fitzgerald, Acting Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity. The Gael of the Year will be Sister Seton Cunneen, Director of Public Service at Gonzaga College High School. The Parade Division Marshals will be: Laureen O’Neill-James of the O’Neill-James School of Irish Dancing; Bill and Marnie Maple of the Maple Academy of Irish Dance; and Sean and Denise Culkin of the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance.
Reception: Friday, March 11, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 PM at the National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, Washington DC.
Travel from South Florida to Washington, DC and back “hassle-free” by AMTRAK train:
Thursday, March 10, 2011 – Train #92 Silver Star(FTL-WAS)
Depart: Fort Lauderdale on Thursday March 10, 2011 at 12:30 PM.
Arrive: Washington, DC Union Station on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM.
Duration: 26 hours and 44 minutes.
Sunday, March 13, 2011 – Train #97 Silver Meteor(WAS-FTL)
Depart: Washington, DC Union Station on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 7:30 PM.
Arrive: Fort Lauderdale on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 6:02 PM.
Duration: 22 hours and 32 minutes.
1 Roundtrip Adult Reserved Coach Seat from Fort Lauderdale to Washington, DC:
Total price per person: $250.00 (Terms & Conditions)
Reservations and Tickets:http://www.amtrak.com
Stay in Washington, DC at a luxurious Irish-American hotel:
The Phoenix Park Hotel is Washington, DC’s center for Irish hospitality, combining warm Celtic charm with an unmatched Capitol Hill location. This historic downtown Washington DC hotel is located at the corner of North Capitol and Massachusetts Avenues, only two blocks from the US Capitol Building and one block from Union Station, which houses the METRO and AMTRAK Stations, sightseeing and transit buses, bicycle rentals, baggage storage service, as well as an upscale shopping center, food court, and a cinema complex. The Phoenix Park Hotel has the aura and elegance of an 18th century country estate, yet is surprisingly affordable:
Room Type: Queen/King Superior room for 2 persons
Rate Type: Advance purchase non-refundable
Friday, March 11, 2011: $153.43
Saturday, March 12, 2011: $153.43
Total (including taxes): $306.86
Reservations and Website: http://www.phoenixparkhotel.com