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Get Your Green On At St. Patty's Day Parties

Saturday, March 17

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Oh, St. Patrick's Day, the day of cultural significance to the Irish and—since it involves alcohol—adopted holiday of the United States. Time to celebrate the melting-pot country's knack for using the traditions of foreign lands as excuses to party by wearing green and putting down some Guinness. Here's where to live it up leprechaun style.

Kick off your St. Patty's Day celebration with a jaunt to the Fort Boise Highland Games and 5k Fell Race at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We know it's Scottish, but go with us here. Check out some hammer-throwing, caber-tossing athletics and the kilted fell race beginning at 9 a.m. Your wee ones can participate in the children's version of the games or run through the obstacle course. It's free to watch and $10-$25 to participate. Visit saaa-national.org.

What would St. Pat's be without some bagpipe music? Lame, that's what. Fortunately, the Boise Highlanders will be all over town come Saturday, March 17. And when we say all over town, we mean it. The crew will canvas Meridian, downtown Boise, Bown Crossing and everywhere in between. Find out where and when at boisehighlanders.com.

The 21-and-older set can cruise by the St. Party's Day shindig at Liquid for all kinds of Guinness-and-green-drink specials, a costume contest and lots of dancing to the sounds of three DJs, all sans cover charge. The riotous fun begins at 10 p.m. after the comedy show.

Or walk across the street to the Knitting Factory for the Shamrock Shindig. This all-ages party gets going at 6 p.m. and includes performances by Joe Young, Beltane and Irish Dance Idaho, among others. A celtic-themed dinner by 3 Girls Catering will be available, as well as a full bar with ID. Tickets are $6. Visit toentertainu.com for more info and to buy tickets.

If you'd rather skip the food and go right for the booze, Humpin' Hannah's will host an outrageous party with all kinds of drink specials and entertainment from Kip Attaway, the Giant Leprechauns and, of course, the Rocci Johnson Band. The greenest attendee can score a $100 bar tab which can buy a lethal amount of food-coloring-enhanced beer. The fun gets going with Attaway at 4 p.m. A $10 cover for his show occurs from 4-6 p.m., and the rest of the night is cover-free.

Or head to Helina Marie's for a "naughty leprechaun" costume contest. Paint your scandalous Halloween costume green and you could score prizes while enjoying a corned beef cook-off, dancing and trying to sing karaoke after a few green Jello shots. The party starts at 7 p.m. and costs $10.