News release from Deer Park Irish Pub:
Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations at Deer Park Irish Pub
22nd Annual “Clover Classic” – March 14 – 17, 2020
(February 28, 2020) – Top of the mornin’ to ya! Whether you’re Irish by blood, or just enjoy green beer, the Deer Park Irish Pub is ready to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with four full days of Irish revelry. It’s their 22nd Annual and they are stepping it up! Events start on Saturday March 14th and run through Tuesday March 17th.
For 22 years, Deer Park Irish Pub has led The People’s Parade, famed as being the world’s shortest St. Patrick’s Day Parade, scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. As luck would have it, our Grand Marshal this year will be Sister Elyse Kriss, USF President. Realizing that Sister Elyse will be retiring in a few months, Publican Tony Henry, owner of Deer Park, reached out and asked if Sister Elyse would adorn the green jacket and lead the parade with the bag pipers. She enthusiastically agreed. Both Tony Henry and Sister Elyse attended St. Louis University in the early 1980s. Little did they know that they would be working across the street from each other these last two decades. They continue to forge a strong friendship! Henry feels that it is only fitting that she lead the parade around the Deer Park addition before she retires.
“Clover Classic 2020” Schedule of Events
Saturday, March 14th, Deer Park fans will get more chances for Irish revelry this year at the “Clover Classic,” beginning at noon, Saturday, March 14th with the tapping of the green keg. Then at 1:00 PM a new event, “Irish Road Bowling” will take to the streets. This event has been played in Ireland for over 400 years and more recently is being rolled out in the U.S. Ireland, West Virginia, has been heralding the event since the late 1990’s and it seems to be catching on in other neighboring states. There will be eight teams of three who will hurl a 28oz replica cannon ball (called a bullet) down the street. The team who finishes with the least number of rolls – wins! Guinness is proudly sponsoring the event.
Following this competition will be the band, “Swimming into View “at 5PM and a (U2 Tribute Band), It’s a Beautiful day will perform at 7:30PM. The night will close with DJ DAP 1 who will begin his entertainment at 9:30PM.
Sunday, March 15th at 1:00 PM we will host Irish Bingo, and at 3:30 PM a Euchre Tournament. Then at 6:00 PM there will be Dancioke with Tony Baloney and Bad Brett.
Monday, March 16th, Irish Trivia 6:00 PM Hosted by Jim Lamping
Tuesday, March 17th St. Patrick’s Day
9:00 AM Morning Lauds Green Doughnuts and Lattes
10:00 AM Tent Opens
1:00 PM The Band” Distractions.”
3:30 PM Keg Toss 12 men, 12 women. Sponsored by Yuengling and White Claw
5:15 PM Shamrock Sprint Race (the parade route)
5:30 PM Peoples’ Parade (believed to be the shortest in the world.)
6:15 PM Live Irish Dancing with (Dance Collective)
7:PM McScratch N’ McSniff Live Band
10:00 PM DJ Lubs and Light Show
Admission on both Saturday and Tuesday is $5.00 Cover
Parking at University of St. Francis
This will be a 21-year-old and older event.
Four Food trucks this year will be on site.
Deer Park Irish Pub is located at 1530 Leesburg Road at the intersection of Spring Street across from the University of St. Francis.