St. Patrick's Day parties: Miami's Brickell
Two day block party's signature drink is 'Paddy's Punch'
MIAMI – The Paddy's Day Festival started Monday and continued at 7 a.m., Tuesday in Miami's Brickell neighborhood with the $10 "Kegs and Eggs" breakfast.
For the last four years, Fado Irish Pub, 900 S. Miami Ave., has been helping to organize the event. They have been serving tavern favorites inside their pub and focused on what they call the "highest quality of draught beer experience."
At 2 p.m., the doors opened (the 21 and over crowd needed a wrist band) for the $10 cover outdoor party on South Miami Ave. There were cocktail stations and bars.
The Irwin Academy of Irish Dance performers will be showing off their skills sporadically through the day.
Fado's management warned that there would be limited street parking and suggested the Mary Brickell Village, 901 S. Miami Ave., parking garage as the most convenient location. Expect to pay between $2 to $15. Publix validates the first 2 hours of parking for customers.
"We recommend finding alternate transportation if you are drinking ... No drinking and driving folks!"
More expensive parking options include the 1200 Brickell Avenue parking garage, open until 9 p.m., for $4 an hour at a maximum of $20. And the 1111 Brickell Avenue garage, which is open 24 hours, charges $8 an hour with a a maximum of $36.
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DID YOU KNOW?
According to National Geographic the world consumes an estimated 4.2 billion pints of green beer on St. Paddy's Day.
Much of what is known about Saint Patrick's legendary life comes from his book The Confessio. Some of the medieval manuscripts are at The Trinity College Library in Dublin. Read some of what St. Patrick actually wrote >
There was plenty of "Paddy's Punch" -- the traditional Irish whiskey Tullamore D.E.W. signature cocktail -- to know that revelers are better off having a safe exit plan ahead of the party. There was also a full supply of $2 Budweiser and Bushmill's Irish Whiskey.
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