St. Patrick’s celebration this Saturday in Cullman

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CULLMAN, Ala. – Cullman’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Celebration will take place this Saturday, March 16, with multiple events happening throughout the city.

The day’s festivities will kick off at East Elementary with the PTO’s Shamrock Shuffle 5K/1-Mile Color Run. Participants can register up to 30 minutes prior to the start of the races. The first 150 runners to finish will receive medals. The races begin at 8 a.m.

Following the races, the school will host a variety of kids’ activities. A sidewalk chalk drawing contest, food vendors, face painting, games and inflatables will be available until noon.

The Merchant Crawl will be taking place downtown from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Participants will need to pick up a punch card at East Elementary before 11 or at Karma’s Coffee House after 11. Fourteen merchants throughout the Warehouse District and downtown are part of the fun. With each purchase at a participating merchant, a participant’s punch card will receive one punch. Participants can get five punches in one or two locations or from five different merchants. Once the punch card has been punched five times, the cards can be returned to Karma’s where they will be entered for the drawing for a special gift basket. 

St. Patty’s in the Park kicks off at Depot Park at noon and lasts until 5 p.m. Sponsored by Clayton Homes, all proceeds will benefit nonprofit Victims Services of Cullman, Inc. Kids’ activities, a silent auction and raffle prizes are planned, as well as a packed lineup of live music. A variety of vendors, including food, will be at the park. One raffle ticket will be given to those who bring food donations. 

Goat Island Brewing will be hosting the pre-party and registration for the St. Patrick’s Pub Crawl. Those interested in the Pub Crawl can pre-register until noon on Friday at Goat Island for $15 or at the pre-party from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday night. You must be 21 to enter. Participants will receive a packet with a scorecard. 

Eight Cullman pubs and restaurants are participating in the crawl. All are located downtown, except Goat Island and Grumpy’s. Starting at 6 p.m., participants can visit the different establishments.

Wisener explained, “You go to as many bars and restaurants that you want to, and for every purchase you make, you draw from a deck of cards at that bar and put it on your scorecard.”

The event ends at Mae’s Food Hall with the Pub Crawl Post–Party from 10-11 p.m. The person who turns in the best five-card poker hand wins $250 cash. 

For those not interested in the Pub Crawl, each bar and restaurant will be offering St. Patrick’s Day specials for everyone.

Cullman Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Marketing Coordinator Jasef Wisener said of this year’s celebration, “We are more of an umbrella for everything that’s happening. We wanted to do a Pub Crawl. Everything else, other than the Merchant Crawl, it’s an umbrella, so these events were going to be happening anyway. East Elementary was doing theirs and Victims Services was doing theirs and we really just wanted to do whatever we could to help out with promotion and bring more exposure. This is what we are good at. We are good at events. Even though we aren’t in charge of or planning a lot of these, having us handle the marketing for it is really helping everyone else. We are here to help everyone else out.”

Schedule of events

8-9 a.m.

EES PTO Shamrock Shuffle 5K/1-Mile Color Run

9 a.m.-noon

Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest

9 a.m.-noon

Kids' Activities at EES Playground (Inflatables, Face Painting, Games, Food Trucks)

11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Merchant Crawl

noon-6 p.m.

St. Patty's in the Park (Sponsored by Clayton Homes to Benefit Victim Services)

6-8 p.m.

Pub Crawl Pre-Party/Registration at Goat Island Brewing

6-10 p.m.

St. Patrick's Pub Crawl

10-11 p.m.

Pub Crawl Post-Party/Winner Announcement at Mae's Food Hall

Find out more at www.facebook.com/events/495671590957115.

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