Today's best bets: March 17

March 17, 2013 

Clancy's 13th annual St. Paddy's Day Bash: 6218 Cortez Road, Bradenton

Clancy's Irish Sports Pub will host its 13th Annual St. Paddy's Day Bash noon-1 a.m. March 17 featuring Irish food and continuous entertainment. Schedule: TC and The Troublemakers, noon-3 p.m.; authentic Irish music by Tommy Devine and Paul Williams, 3-6 p.m.; bag pipers, 5-8 p.m.; Manatee Cloggers, 6-7 p.m.; Jack Tamburin, 7-10 p.m. and Tamburin's Rye Road, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Irish specialties include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie, Irish coffee and more. A $50 prize for best Irish costume. Guests must be 21 years or older. Information: 941-794-2489 or visit

Fourteenth Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, various locations, Anna Maria Island

The Beach Bistro's 14th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade will be at 4 p.m. March 17 and is scheduled to begin at Holmes Beach City Hall, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach, and ends on North Palm Drive and 78th Street. The event includes a Sham Rockin' Festival in the field adjacent to City Hall with booths offering food and crafts as of 11 a.m. The parade is free and open to the public and features area marching bands, pipe bands, musicians and colorful floats as well as charming wee folk dressed as leprechauns. Parade Marshalls are World War II veterans Sam Castelli and Jim Gabaree. This year's favorite participant is Judy the Parade Elephant let by her companion of over 40 years, Mr. Bones. Information: 941-778-6444.

St. Patrick's Day fundraiser: Aces Live, 4343 Palma Sola Blvd., Bradenton

Aces Live will hold a "live" music St. Paddy's Day event featuring homemade corn beef and cabbage dinner, noon until close March 17. Live music from Trevor Bystrom, Koko Ray, Tangled Mango and Wikked Jester. Prize drawings, silent auction and 50/50 proceeds to benefit Manatee Children's Services.

Shamrock 5K Run/Walk and Pub Crawl: Old Main Street, downtown Bradenton

The Shamrock 5K Run/Walk and Pub Crawl, featuring a 1-mile fitness walk and kid's leprechaun races, is March 17. Registration begins at 1 p.m. Kids races at 2:30 p.m. 5K chip-timed run at 3:30 p.m. One-mile fitness walk and 5K chip-timed doggie run at 3:35 p.m. The Old Main Street Post Race Party and Pub Crawl begins at 6 p.m. with live music by Big Daddy. The run benefits the Women's Resource Center and The Foundation for Dreams. Register online at Information: 941-746-5659.

Fifth Annual St. Patrick's Day Block Party: The Shamrock Pub, 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The Shamrock Pub will host its fifth annual St. Patrick's Day Block Party beginning at noon March 17 featuring Irish dancers, Top O' the Limerick contest, traditional Irish and party food, live art installations, a prize drawing, live music by Andrew Thomas, Holler'n String Fellas', The Celtic Tiger, Askultura, Waking Giants, The Jacobites, Cats in the Basement, Sons of Hippies and the City of Sarasota Pipe Band. Admission is free. Information: 941-952-1730 or visit

Coquina Beach Market: 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach

Come and stroll the Beach Market at Coquina Beach 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 17 featuring fresh produce including organic produce, arts and crafts, jewelry, local artists, scarves, apparel, pottery, purses, collectibles, health and beauty items and live music by area favorite, Larry Wilhelm. The market does not allow any dogs at Coquina Beach. The market is stroller, walker and wheelchair accessible. For more information, call Nancy Ambrose at 941-518-4431.

13th annual Art At The Ranch Fine Arts Festival: Main Street, Lakewood Ranch

The 13th Annual Art at the Ranch Fine Arts Festival will be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 17 featuring works by nationally acclaimed artists including painters, photographers, jewelers, sculptors, potters, and more. There will be free art demonstrations and food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: 941-746-2862 or visit

"Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013": Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E., Parrish

Bring your preschoolers to take the ride of their lives at "Day Out With Thomas: The Go Go Thomas Tour 2013," with 25-minute train rides departing every 45 min., rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m. through 3:45 p.m. daily March 17 and 23-24. The event provides children of all ages the opportunity to climb aboard and take a ride with Thomas as well as participate in Thomas & Friends themed activities. There will be an inflatable slide, bounce house, face painting, inflatable snail obstacle course, G-scale train display, hayrides, a mini-tire train ride and more. Tickets: $18 for children ages 2 and older. Information: 941-776-0906 or visit

Sarasota County Fair: Sarasota County Fairgrounds, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota

The 77th Annual Sarasota County Fair will be 2-11 p.m. Fridays, noon-11 p.m. Saturdays, noon-10 p.m. Sundays, and 2-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays through March 24. The event features arts, craft, steer and swine shows, plant sale, mechanical rides and live entertainment at Crackerland by the following artists: Ober Rivers, David Smash, Drum Studio Allstars, Trapezoid, Myakka, Ship of Fools Unplugged, Steve Arvey, Passerine, Bill Schustik, and George Worthmore. Admission: $8 adults, $4 seniors ages 55 and up, active military and children ages 6-17, children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Fairgrounds parking is free. For a full schedule and more information, call 941-365-0818 or visit

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