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The many ways to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in Portland

So you bought your Oregon Raffle ticket back in January and you are anxiously awaiting Saint Patrick’s Day so that you can win that million and quit your lousy job. You have had two months to fantasize about it and you have quite the shopping list compiled.

When you don’t win the raffle you can always drink; it’s Saint Patrick’s Day, for God sakes and there are specials on Jamison’s and every kind of dark beer you can imagine at every bar. But supposing you don’t drink. Supposing you want to deal with losing the raffle in a mature and positive way by educating yourself or having some good old fashion family fun; maybe it could even involve cats.

In characteristic fashion, Portland offers plenty of diverse ways to celebrate the day when all the snakes were driven out of Ireland. Whether it’s drinking, dancing, learning or cat gawking you prefer, Portland has something fun to offer in celebration of Saint Patrick’s

St. Patrick O’Chocolate McWhiskey

Friday, March 11

Irish cuisine is about more than just potatoes and haggis, it also entails chocolate and whiskey. The Portland Chocolate Mob is hosting this event at Portland Wine storage, which features Irish food and drinks topped off with the perfect chocolate/whiskey pairing.

You must be 21 or older to attend this event. Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 at the door and the doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Luck of the Irish

Saturday March 12

Have you ever wondered why the Irish were considered lucky in spite of potato famines and British occupation? You may want to head on over to this Portland Story Theater event at Alberta Abby. The show is hosted by Brian Ó hAirt, who is an expert in traditional Irish singing and dancing as well as a fluent Irish Gaelic speaker. The evening will include Irish storytelling, history and humor and will even have a raffle of its own.

The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and tickets are $15.00 in advance and $18.00 at the door.

Cats and Shamrocks

Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13

Some people would rather not get drunk on the weekend and the romantic debauchery normally associated with Saint Patrick’s Day is nothing compared to a weekend spent with their cat.

The McKenzie River Cat Club host this show, in which proud owners of felines can come and show off their lovely and aloof best friends.

The show will take place at the Double Tree at Lloyd Center and judging will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Entry fees start at $60.00 and you can rent extra grooming space for an additional fee. If you’re doing this for the money, you may want to think again as the winner will be awarded a ribbon and the knowledge that their cat is the prettiest.

The contest is open to both cats for sale and household pets, but no wild cats will be allowed to participate.

 Kells Saint Patrick’s Day Festival

March 17 through the 19

The doors to this Irish Bar will open at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 17th, but they won’t start charging a $10.00 cover until 3:00 p.m. The first 200 people to pay the cover will receive a tee shirt and there will be drink specials throughout the night.

The Irish have always been known as a scrappy and resourceful people, just like Americans. If you have ever wondered who is scrappier you can find out on Friday, March 18, when Kells will host the Annual Smoker  Ireland vs USA  Amateur Boxing competition.

Tickets to this battle of the nation’s go on sale on Tuesday, March 1 and cost $25.00. It is a good Idea to get your tickets well in advance.

If drinking isn’t your thing you may want to attend the bar’s family day on Saturday, March 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Eliza Gale – PortlandMetroLive.com Contributor

Eliza Gale - PortlandMetroLive.com ContributorEliza Gale began her blogging career interviewing aspiring actors and industry professionals on a Los Angeles based website called Curvewire. She started www.elizagalesintervviews in 2012 and has interviewed over three hundred people about their jobs and businesses since then. She has contributed many interviews to 360drinks.com, which is a Portland based happy-hour website. She also writes for Examiner.com and AXS.com.