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Best Family-Friendly Activities In Los Angeles For St. Patrick’s Day 2014

March 7, 2014 5:00 AM

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(credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

Go green on St. Patrick’s Day with your kids while also experiencing the luck of the Irish with a little leprechaun action on the side. To put a splash of Erin Go Bragh in and around this St. Patrick’s Day, consider all kinds of Irish fun, from full-on parades to musical diversions and the chance to sample authentic fare from Ireland. The following are five activities to discover with your kids on St. Patrick’s Day 2014 in and around Los Angeles.
(credit: Shamrock 'N' Roll)

(credit: Shamrock ‘N’ Roll)

Shamrock ‘N’ Roll 2014
The Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
(877) 342-0738
Date: March 17, 2014

The whole family will bond after singing Irish party songs and listening to an abundance of Celtic rock music on the legendary Queen Mary. You won’t go hungry because there will be plenty of dining before, after and during the dancing that begs for your entire clan to join in on the action no matter what the skill level each individual has to offer.

(credit: Irish Fair And Music Festival)

(credit: Irish Fair And Music Festival)

Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival
Fairplex at the Pomona Fairgounds
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91766
(562) 618-5558
Date: March 7-9, 2014 at 10am

The 12th annual Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival affords a great chance to introduce your kids to appropriate culinary treats like Irish stew served in a bread bowl, fish and chips, bangers and corned beef sandwiches. Also on tap are musical offerings, storytellers and step dancers representing the Emerald Isle in all of her glory.

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(credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/Getty Images)

The Rockin’ Shamrock
Beach Path Ocean Ave. and Bay St.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Date: March 16 at 7am

For a fun run (or walk or even stroll) in whatever distance you choose to partake, including 5K, 10K, 15K and even a half marathon, get on board for the Rockin’ Shamrock which gives you the chance to strut your stuff while dressed in green. Official results are posted after the event during which time you’ll meet old friends and new on this victorious day in March and 24 hours before St. Patrick’s Day officially arrives.

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(credit: Tustin Chamber of Commerce)

(credit: Tustin Chamber of Commerce)

Leprechaun Leap 5K
The District at Tustin Legacy
2419 Park Ave. Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 544-5341
Date: March 16, 2014 at 8am

Walkers, strollers and canines get ready. It’s almost time for the Leprechaun Leap, a 5K experience benefiting The Tustin Community Foundation and the Tustin Chamber of Commerce where everyone wins. Music, mementos and awards are waiting at the end of the line at the District at Tustin Legacy. Don’t forget to dress up in your favorite St. Patrick’s Day attire because there a prize for that, too.

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce)

(credit: Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce)

Hermosa St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Hermosa Pier Hermosa Beach, CA
(310) 376-0951
Date: March 15, 2014 at 11am

Watch as all kinds of entertainment, all sporting the color green, traverse the parade route that starts at the intersection of Valley and Pier Avenues and ends on Hermosa and Eighth Street after hitting a long length of Hermosa Avenue going south. After cheering on your favorite paraders (the old school cars are especially popular), expect to chow down on customary Irish grub and watch talented Irish performers dancing jigs. Enjoy listening to Gaelic music from a special stage at the Pier Head.

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TEST Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on

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