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I was driving through an East Memphis residential neighborhood late last week when I spotted a house decorated with lights. Just as I was about to tsk-tsk Christmas lights still up in March, I noticed the shamrocks. Now that's the spirit.

For those looking to get in on the St. Patrick's Day fun, there's plenty to do around town. On Saturday, March 14th, at 4 p.m., there will be a parade down Beale Street, followed by a blessing of the kegs at Silky O'Sullivan's at 6:30 p.m. Celtic Crossing in Midtown is having a St. Patrick's Festival on Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, with bands, Irish dancers, bagpipers, corned beef and cabbage, green beer, and more.

On Tuesday, March 17th, all T.J. Mulligan's will feature live music. The Gallowglass Pipers perform at 8 p.m. at the Pinch location. Murphy's is hosting its own festival, starting at 2 p.m., with live music and a blessing of the kegs at 3 p.m. At Dan McGuinness Pub in East Memphis, starting at 5 p.m., there will be live Celtic music, fish and chips, corned beef and cabbage, and a Guinness Beer truck onsite.

For those interested in something more sedate, Dennis O'Rourke is signing Clean Cabbage in the Bucket: And Other Tales from the Irish Music Trenches at Davis-Kidd Booksellers on Thursday, March 12th, at 6 p.m. The Peabody's Capriccio Grill is having a three-course Irish dinner on Tuesday, March 17th, from 5 to 10 p.m. The menu includes Irish Cheddar and broccoli soup, lamb chops or Atlantic salmon with herbed baby red potatoes, and bread pudding topped with a whiskey cream sauce for dessert. Cost for the dinner is $50 per person. Call 529-4199 for reservations.

St. Patrick's Day Celebration, various locations. Go to After Dark and Calendar of Events for more information.

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