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Have you noticed? Irish is in the air! St. Patrick’s Day may still be a few days away (Tuesday, March 17), but the celebration starts this weekend in Racine County. Put on your green with Real Racine.

A green parade. Proudly wear your green to Downtown Racine’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon Saturday. You’ll want to get Downtown early to grab a seat for this annual march featuring marchers, dancers, Irish music and lots of fun. You might even spot a leprechaun if you’re lucky! The parade starts at State and Main streets, runs south along Main and then west along Sixth Street to City Hall. While you’re Downtown, pick up some hot chocolate, coffee and Irish decorated cookies at Monument Square and check out the many shops and eating places offering special deals. It’s all presented by the Downtown Racine Corp. Visit www.racinedowntown.com

Celebrate for a cause. Celtic Night for Literacy is one of the area’s biggest Irish celebrations and an important fund-raiser for the Racine Literacy Council. This year’s Celtic Night starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Racine Marriott Hotel, 7111 Washington Ave. It includes an Irish meal (corned beef and cabbage or baked cod) and Irish dancing, music and performances by four groups, including the Atlantic Wave, the Billy Mitchell Band and the Corelli Fiddle Ensemble. Tickets are $45 per person. Tables are available. For details, call 262-632-9495 or visit www.racineliteracy.com

Running in Mount Pleasant. St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated Saturday in Mount Pleasant with the St. Pat’s Day 5k. This timed run starts and finishes at Jose’s Blue Sombrero, 6430 Washington Ave. Packet pick up starts at 8 a.m. and the run begins at 9 a.m. After the run, there’s a party at Jose’s. Register at www.stpatsday5k.com/racinewi

One last chance. This weekend is your last chance to see The Dixie Swim Club at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave. You’ll laugh and cry at this story of five women who become close friends in college and meet annually over a span of 33 years to gossip and catch up. Upcoming performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call 262-633-4218 or visit www.racinetheatre.org

Shootin’ some stick. Bring your pool cue to play, or just come by to watch the Pool for Vets pool tournament on Saturday at Fountain Banquet Hall, 8505 Durand Ave., Sturtevant. Sponsored by Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, the tournament is a fund-raiser to support local veterans’ organizations. The entry fee is $20. The action gets started at 11 a.m. Visit www.rockforvets.us


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