St. Patty’s festival draws crowd to Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Downtown Fort Lauderdale was crowded as we arrived to enjoy the annual St. Patrick’s Day festival and parade. Amidst the sea of green, families and friends gathered to celebrate, enjoy good Irish food, play the children’s activities, and most of all, check out the hour long parade down Las Olas Blvd.
We settled on Timpano’s Chophouse and Martini Bar to have a late lunch and watch the parade go by. Sitting outside, it was the perfect vantage point to enjoy a delicious lunch and watch–just steps from our table was the parade. If you’ve never been, the food was great and the service was impeccable, though I personally didn’t like the Caesar dressing, but the onion rings were tasty with a wonderful presentation and the soups were also good. The server even went on a hunt to find us when the food was served (we were parade watching at the curb).
Dignitaries and local organizations from across Broward County and Fort Lauderdale filled the parade, from Broward Mayor Ken Keechl to Gov. Charlie Crist with Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler as well as Congressman Ron Klein, numberous bands, bag pipe players, local groups and restaurants.
See the gallery below for great photos from downtown. Click the photo to see a larger version and a slideshow. On Facebook? Click to see the photos and tag yourself in the pictures!
Headed out for St. Patty’s Day? Get gift certificates to local restaurants: Mickey Byrnes, Carolina Ale House, Barrett’s Sly Fox, Briny Riverfront, Muddy Waters, and Landlubber’s. Get $30 gift certificates for $15 and more. Use promo code PATTY10 for an extra 10 percent off these restaurants by click here to go to www.premierdiningflorida.com.
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