Naples parade and other things to do on St. Patrick’s Day weekend
This weekend, there’s a ton of things to do to celebrate all around Southwest Florida. WINK FM’s Jason Drew is keeping track of it all.
Naples St. Patrick’s Day Parade
A little over 40 years ago a group of fun-loving Neapolitans got together and decided to have a parade to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Naples Patrick’s Day Parade will take place at: 11:00 am March 16. The route starts at the corner of 3rd Street South and 10th Ave. It turns East onto 5th Ave S and then East on 8th Street South to finish in front of the Naples City Hall.
The Parade is now the largest privately-funded Parade in the state. It draws over 40,000 people to downtown Naples each year to celebrate Irish heritage and Irish culture in America. The Foundation has donated over $200,000 to local high school bands and scholarships in the last five years. For more information visit naplesparade.com
Downtown Fort Myers Music Walk
The River District comes alive on the third Friday of the month as local and regional musicians line the streets. From jazz and blues to rock & roll, many genres can be heard and vary each month. Free to the public with many venues featuring additional attractions and specials. 6-10 pm. More
43rd Annual Collier Fair
This year’s event will feature entertainment, activities for all ages and all of your favorite fair foods. Organizers say, with over 50 of the most exciting rides in the world and dozens of breathtaking shows, you won’t want to miss this yearly event. Visit CollierFair.com for more information.
Shell Factory & Nature Park to Hold St. Patrick’s Day Bash
The Shell Factory & Nature Park will hold its annual St. Patrick’s Day Bash Sunday, March 17 from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Located in North Fort Myers, the venue’s other attractions will also be open including the Nature Park, Close Encounters, bumper boats, video arcade, mini golf and zip line just to name a few.
The free event includes entertainment by Chuck Peterson and features bagpipe players and Irish dancers, as well as green beer, Irish music, Irish dancing and a face painter for the kids. Capt’n Fishbone’s Grill will offer a variety of Irish fare such as corned beef and cabbage.
Fort Myers Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade, on Saturday, March 16, will take place from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. will begin at the Santini Marina Plaza Shops and travel north on Estero Blvd. to the Church of The Ascension. This part of Estero Blvd. will be closed for approximately 1 hour starting at 9:45am. It’s free to attend.
Cape Coral annual Trolley Tour
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish inspired pub crawl in Cape Coral’s Entertainment District. Sunday, March 17, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
You’ll board the exclusive trolleys to travel to various locations where you can enjoy a specialty drink for just $2.50 at each place. Get your passport stamped at every participating stop (no purchase required) and you can win an Irish themed basket filled with Guinness, Jameson Irish whiskey, Baileys and more.