Irish or not, luck will shine on us on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), when Las Vegas casinos overflow with plenty of green beer, Irish entertainment, parades and, of course, corned beef and cabbage specials.
The 39th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Block Party moves from downtown Las Vegas to downtown Henderson and will be held on Saturday, starting at 11 a.m. Henderson Mayor Jim Gibson will host the parade as the grand marshall, and local television newscasters Nat Tannenbaum and Cathy Ray will serve as emcees. In addition, the parade ensemble will include traditional bagpipes, marching bands, color guards, Zelzah Shriners, classic cars and much more. A block party will be held at Timet Park (Water Street and Lake Mead Drive) from 10 a.m. to midnight with music, Irish and American food and drink, raffles and games.
The Fremont Street Experience will host free Irish entertainment under the canopy over the holiday weekend.
On St. Patrick’s Day (Thursday), Barley’s Casino and Brewing Company is featuring a $9.99 corned beef and cabbage special in Barley’s Cafe. Also featured will be Barley’s St. Paddy’s Pale Ale, a specialty brew that’s only $1.50 for drafts and $7 for pitchers.
Similarly, Ellis Island Casino and Brewery will be offering one of its famous holiday meals. The St. Patrick’s Day special will be served from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. featuring traditional corned beef and cabbage for $9.95 per person. The dinner will be served with Red Bliss potatoes and a choice of soup or salad, plus "lucky charms" desserts. The meal even includes a complimentary "Green" EIB handcrafted beer.
Terrible’s Hotel Casino has a special corned beef and cabbage meal for $7.99 that will be served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Bougainvillea Café. The menu also includes potato leek soup or a house salad and green Key lime pie for dessert.
In North Las Vegas, Victory’s Café at the Cannery Casino is serving corned beef and cabbage with potatoes and vegetables for $7.95.
Meanwhile, on the Las Vegas Strip, Nine Fine Irishmen at New York-New York will host a parade on March 17 and Irish entertainers will perform on the bridge throughout the day as well as on Friday and Saturday.
Inside, Gallagher’s Steakhouse will offer a signature menu for St. Patrick’s Day, which will include wood-roasted lamb chops ($10), served with micro greens and mint pesto.
Finally, for basketball fans, the Fremont Casino Hotel is hosting free NCAA viewing parties. Watch the college basketball playoffs, March 17-19, on multiple screens in the Fremont’s second floor events center. The doors will open daily at 8:30 a.m. and for the convenience of those wishing to make a wager on the games, there will be a betting station in the room. Bettors who wager a minimum of $20 on the parlay card will receive a specially-designed collector’s T-shirt commemorating the playoff games. Adding to the stadium atmosphere will be comfort foods and beverages.