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    Shamrockin' in Deadwood

This year, St. Patrick's Day lands on a Friday—this coming Friday in fact—and soon we'll all be wearing green, chowing down on corned beef and cabbage, and washing it down with green beer, of course. Though we may be thousands of miles from the Irish homeland, nearly 10% of Americans identify with an Irish ancestry...but whether or not there's any real Irish blood running through your veins, St. Patrick's Day gives everyone a free pass to embrace their inner leprehaun. And no where else is it more evident than in Deadwood, SD. Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the Wild West with pub crawls, the Leprechaun Olympics, parades and music. Deadwood's annual Pub Crawl, held on Saturday, March 18, is the largest of its kind in the region, with well over 2,000 participants. Here's a rundown of the weekend event schedule: March 16 8 p.m.: St. "Panties" Day at Saloon #10 — A fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. March 17 5 - 7 p.m.: Registration for 4th annual Leprechaun Olympics at the Oyster Bay. 5 - 10 p.m.: Open Container allowed in Zones 1 & 2, in official cups only. 6 - 9 p.m.: Leprechaun Olympics — Saloon #10, Oyster Bay, Buffalo/Bodega, Seth’s Cellar, Gold Dust, Eagle Bar, (must be 21+).  Turn in your completed scorecards to Paddy O'Neill's in Tin Lizzie by 9:15 p.m.! Prizes for 1st and 2nd places, and even last place! 9 p.m.: Leprechaun Olympics Awards Party begins — Paddy O'Neill's at Tin Lizzie. March 18 8- 11 a.m.: Eggs & Kegs breakfast and beer at Saloon #10. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: St. Paddy's Poker Run registration at the Historic Franklin Hotel. 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.: Annual Pub Crawl Registration (must be 21+) at the Historic Franklin Hotel. Noon: St. Paddy's Parade — Main Street. Noon - 4 p.m.: St. Paddy's Poker Run starts. Noon - 10 p.m.: Open Container allowed in Zones 1 & 2, in official cups only. 2:30 - 6:30 p.m.: Pub Crawl (21+) — Various locations around Deadwood. 7 p.m.: Pub Crawl awards and St. Paddy's Party at the Historic Franklin Hotel.      

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Alicia is a South Dakota native with family roots in Beresford. She attended Augustana University in Sioux Falls—a year of which she spent studying in Norway and traveling throughout Europe. She acquired her degree in Sociology and International Studies. Despite her love of travel, she and her husband have thoroughly enjoyed making Rapid City their home. She satisfies her wanderlust by soaking up the beautiful scenery and historic treasures that the Hills have to offer. She is the Communications Director for Black Hills & Badlands Tourism Association.

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