Are you feelin’ lucky? O’Neill’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration is back

Shamrock
Photo Courtesy: O’Neill Chamber of Commerce

O’NEILL, Neb. (KLKN) — O’Neill, proclaimed the ‘Irish Capital of Nebraska‘ in 1969, kicks off its annual St. Patrick’s Celebration today.

This year’s celebration is making up for 2020’s cancellation due to COVID-19 with bigger and safer events.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the city of O’Neill doubles in size as tourists from across the nation join in on the fun. A big draw is the world’s largest shamrock, located at the center of the town, a permanent fixture since the early ’90s.

The five-day-long celebration is seen as a tribute to O’Neill’s roots, a city founded by an Irish native.

For more information on the 2021 St. Patrick’s Celebration, visit oneillchhamber.com/2021-st-patricks-celebration.

Check out a full list of events below:

  • eventsWednesday, March 17th
    • 5:00 pm – Irish Chug Run Registration at Holt County Grill (event begins at 6:00 pm)
    • 5:30 pm – Irish Walk of Fame Induction Ceremony at the corner of 4th and Douglas (If raining/snowing, the ceremony will be moved indoors at Chesterfield West.)
    • 7:00 pm – Pulled Pork Free Will Donation Feed at Chesterfields
    • 8:00 pm to Midnight – Ben Grinnet at Chesterfields
  • Thursday, March 18th
    • Karaoke at the Good Timin’ Bar
  • Friday, March 19th
    • 4:30 pm – Greening of the pond at the Gil Poese Recreation Area in Carney Park courtesy of the O’Neill Firefighters and O’Neill’s Fenian Army
    • 5:00 to 7:00 pm – Fish Fry at the Knights of Columbus Hall
    • 6:00 pm – Painting of the World’s Largest Shamrock
    • 6:00 pm – The O’Neill Assembly of God Youth will have a snack stand near the shamrock during the painting
    • 6:30 pm – Dodgeball Tournament at the Christ Connection Center (’38 Building)
    • 7:00 pm – Painting or the Green Horse at Emme’s Shop (49186 Oliver Road, O’Neill, NE)
    • 8:00 pm to 1:00 am – Mason Michaels and Backroad Spirit at Chesterfields
    • Karaoke at the Good Timin’ Bar
    • The party trolley will be running Friday & Saturday nights!
      • Call for a ride: 402.340.9909
  • Saturday, March 20th
    • ​8:00 am to 9:30 am – Shamrock Fun Run Late registration at St. Mary’s High School at 4th and Adams Streets
    • 10:00 am – Shamrock Fun Run Start, sponsored by the O’Neill Rotary Club
    • 11:00 am – Bank First Popcorn stand at the corner of 4th and Douglas Streets
    • 11:30 am – Omaha Pipes and Drums Performance on the World’s Largest Shamrock
    • 11:30 am – O’Neill Irish Dancers Alumni will perform on the shamrock following the Omaha Pipes and Drums Performance
    • 12:30 pm – Introduction of the Parade Grand Marshal and the Irish King and Queen
    • 1:00 pm – Grand Parade in Downtown O’Neill (Parade Entry Form)
    • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Kid’s Carnival sponsored by the CLASS Group at the Christ Connection Center (’38 Building)
    • 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm – Kids Carnival sponsored by the CLASS group at the Christ Connection Center (’38 building)
    • 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm – Craft Beer & Irish Whiskey Tasting at Holt County Grill (age 21+)
    • 2:30 pm – St. Patrick’s Day Cornhole Tournament Registration at the Knights of Columbus Hall
      • Call: +1-402-860-3124 to register
    • 3:00 pm – St. Patrick’s Day Cornhole Tournament
    • 8:00 pm to 1:00 am – Mason Michaels and Backroad Spirit at Chesterfields
    • The party trolley will be running Friday & Saturday nights!
      • Call for a ride: 402.340.9909
  • Sunday, March 21st
    • 9:00 am to 1:00 pm – “Recovery Sunday” at Handlebend Tap (215 E. Douglas)

 

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