Rain, Schmain, Time for Some Paradin’

You’ve gotta be kidding me. After almost two full weeks of amazing weather, you’re telling me that on Sunday the forecast is for rain? For the St. Pat’s Parade? Either there is no such thing as luck of the Irish, or someone just really, really wants the Pocono Irish American Club to move the parade back a week. Your call. Anyway, we got some parade day stuff going on. And yeah, “parade day” doesn’t get capitalized yet. Sorry. The Burgs have some work to do before it gets caps.

As always, if you want your weekend event/bar special/band gig listed here, shoot me an email with the deets (umm, details. sorry, I don’t know what came over me) or send me a Facebook invite. We’re all St. Pat’s Parade this week, sorry if I’m missing some of the other events:

why are there more t-shirts sold on st. pat's than just about every other holiday combined? why not some cool arbor day t-shirts? hows come they're not popular?

The Jock and Jill’s/Grace O’Malley’s complex o’ fun will be selling St. Patrick’s Day T-shirts, which can be put to good use about 360 days from now, but for now, will probably just have to go in the back of your closet as soon as you buy them. Because, you know, no one wants to be wearing the same shirt you were just sold at a bar. Don’t be that guy. Anyway, there is some good news out of it — all the money used to buy said shirts will go to juvenile diabetes research. Apparently one of the bartenders made the shirts for Grace O’Malley’s 7 a.m. opening on St. Pat’s just for the other bartenders, but owner Barry Lynch said everyone that came in wanted to buy them. None left, they were told. The light bulb went off, and all those willing buyers were told to come back for parade day and there will be plenty to buy. So stop by, buy a shirt and help a good cause.

Two doors down, Ciro’s Italian Bistro is doing an inside-outside thing because the parade still matters in Stroudsburg, you know. So they’ll have pizza, lemonade, soda and water outside, but if you want to forgo the parade, the booze is on the inside, as per the rules of the Man. The bar is opening at 10 a.m., which is plenty of time to get good and sauced before the parade starts at 1:45. And to do it even cheaper, they’re doing happy hour from noon to 3.

zac lawless is at mollies starting at 2:30 p.m. sunday

Mollie’s/Winehandles on Main Street is open at 8 a.m. for breakfast, which is a good idea because some people get downtown stupid early for the best spots on Main Street — one of which would be right near Mollies. Then the entertainment starts around 2:30, which also makes sense since that’s about the time the parade should be winding down in Stroudsburg. Timing, baby.

Here’s one we don’t see all the time. The Willow Tree in on Ann Street is doing its own St. Pat’s party thing just a big off the beaten parade path. It’s opening at noon and bringing in bagpipers around 3 p.m. If anyone is probably ticked about the weather forecast, it’s them. That deck would have been looking pretty sweet with a 70-degree day Sunday.

Over on the east side of things, Rudy’s is opening at 11, and is right on the parade route.

The Trackside Station Grill and Bar is doing the same specials it did for St. Pat’s — $2.50 Guinness, $1.50 Harp bottles and $2.50 Irish coffees. And it’s opening at 10 a.m. No matter how many times I type that — doesn’t it just have a great ring to it? “The bar opens at 10 a.m.” It’s the bar’s first parade, but when it was the Dansbury Depot, it was always a good time because it’s basically the finish line of the parade.

Contrary to popular belief, there are bars off the parade route that are celebrating the parade. That incldues the actual, official party of the Pocono Irish American Club at Johnny O’s in East Stroudsburg. They’re opening at 10 a.m. and it’s a fundraiser for the club. This isn’t extortion or anything, but if you want to see a parade next year, you might want to grab a beer there so the club gets some dough to put on next year’s show.

greg smith is the one not in camoflauge. duh.

KC’s doesn’t have its specials up for the parade, but they usually do the bagpiper thing. It gets pretty crowded, but it’s a good time. They are doing an all-day thing Saturday starting at 2 p.m., a “support your local pub” show from 2 to 8 p.m. Not sure what that exactly means, but I know they’ve had some trouble over the years, so yeah, get out there and support your local pub! Then at 10 p.m., Off the Road is playing there. The band includes Greg Smith, a good guy I’ve interviewed a couple times from Bangor who plays with Ted Nugent’s band. Smells like rock to me.

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