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The Official Kickoff to St. Pat's

Don’t wait until March 17th to get in the festival spirit and welcome the arrival of spring. Join us in Five Points on Friday, March 9th from 5:30-6:30pm for The Official Kick-Off to St. Pat’s in Five Points.

This FREE family friendly event is one you won’t want to miss! Irish-themed entertainment, including bagpipers, Rince N’ah Eireann dancers, Kudzu Queens and more, will be sure to put you in the shamrock spirit. Children can join other little leprechauns and help dye the fountain green. The wee ones and their chaperones are then invited to explore the Five Points village on a scavenger hunt through Five Points to find our festival mascot hiding in fun and fanciful places.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. there will be magic in the air on Devine Street in Columbia, South Carolina where one of the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Festivals will begin its second event of the day, the St. Pat’s Parade.

The St. Pat’s Parade will assemble at Dreher High School and travel the Musical Mile down Devine Street into Five Points offering several blocks of public viewing. After entering Five Points, the parade will wind its way down Devine Street and up Saluda Avenue, returning to Harden Street at the Five Points Fountain and concluding near Food Lion.

Be sure to wear your green and get your Sham-Rock On at the St. Pat’s Parade! If you have any questions about the parade, you may e-mail Silvia Butler at sbbutler@bellsouth.net for additional information. Applications for parade units are being accepted until March 1, 2018.

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Past Grand Marshals:
  • 2017 – Fort Jackson (in honor of their Centennial year in 2017)
  • 2016 – SC Strong (in honor of first responders during the historic flooding in October 2015)
  • 2015 – Five Points (in honor of their Centennial Celebration in 2015)
  • 2014 – MG Brad Becker, CG Fort Jackson
  • 2013 – Col. Jack Van Loan (Festival Chair for Over a Decade)
  • 2012 – Col. Jack Van Loan (Festival Chair for Over a Decade)
  • 2011 – Mayor Steve Benjamin
  • 2010 – USO Float (Honoring veterans from World War II to present day)
  • 2009 – A Salute to our Armed Forces (Honorees from each branch of the US Military)
  • 2008 – Duncan MacRae (Festival co-founder/Owner Yesterday’s Restaurant)
  • 2006 – Coach Steve Spurrier (University of South Carolina Head Football Coach)
  • 2005 – Lea “Sarge” Masters (CBS Survivor Vanuatu Show)
  • 2004 – The Honorable Joe Wilson (United States House of Representatives)
The Starting Line for St. Pat's Fun

Kick off the St. Pat’s in Five Points Festival with Columbia’s largest road race! Get to the Green features 15k, 10K, 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run events in which participants chase rainbows in pursuit of a pot of gold. Race registration includes a t-shirt, post-race refreshments and entry into the St. Pat’s Festival. Participants will also receive a commemorative finisher’s medal! Costumes and good luck charms are welcome. Top finishers and costume contest winners will be eligible for cash prizes!

Contact Jaime Lomas at jaime@eggplantevents.com, Race Coordinator or visit www.GetToTheGreen.com for more information and registration details. Don’t forget – there are discounts offered for teams of five or more participants!

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Starting Times
  • Saturday, March 17, 2018
  • 15K & 10K start at 7:30 a.m.
  • 5K starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • 1-Mile Family Fun Run starts at 8:15 a.m.
5K & Family Fun Run Map   10K Map   15K Map

The Pot O' Gold Playland

Come One, Come All! Rides! Games! Educational Fun!

Head over to Pavilion & College Streets to celebrate all things green and Gaelic with your wee ones. Your little leprechauns are sure to think they’ve found the end of the rainbow in this fun-filled area with rides, games, kid-approved entertainment, tasty treats, a petting zoo, magic shows, karaoke, and face painting. Parents are likely to think they’ve found the end of the rainbow here as well! Silly adults… St. Pat’s is for kids! Entry to the park is free, however, rides and activities do require tickets which can be purchased on site.

Enjoy tasty treats from:

  • Karen’s Mobile Kitchen
  • J’s on Wheels
  • Pearls Wings and Things
  • Tru Italian Ice
  • Carolina Quench
  • The Louisiana Connection
  • Dippin Dogs
Stage Times

  • Time: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • **Please remember, since entry to this area of the festival is free, we encourage you to enjoy it before entering the festival gates as the festival is no re-entry.
Join the Dance Craze That Hits the Mute Button!

Grab your neon green and head to 800 block of Harden Street (by the College Street stage) for a little something special – the Silent Disco! Each person grabs a headset and gets to rock out all afternoon to these awesome DJs.

  • Bois Obscur
  • Dylan Deekay
  • Guy L
  • Jade Frost
  • LUCiD
Leave your mark on it! Stop by our #StPatsinFivePoints Wall on the 800 block of Harden Street and write a memory, message or love note to everyone’s favorite festival.


You don't need a pot 'o gold to have a good time!

Day of Event
  • Single Admission
  • 5 Stages for Sham'rocking
  • Awesome Irish Fun
  • Kids 12 and under get in FREE!
General Admission
  • Order Now, Save $5
  • Single Admission
  • 5 Stages for Sham'rocking
  • Awesome Irish Fun
  • Kids 12 and under get in FREE!
Saluda's VIP Experience
  • Single Admission
  • Open Bar & Food
  • Premier Saluda's Balcony Viewing
  • Clean Restrooms
  • From 12pm - 7pm








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  • March 17, 2018