St. Patrick’s Day is about more than getting drunk at a local pub. There are plenty of activities around town for the whole family. These activities range from traditional parades to camp-outs for the whole family. Dress the kids in green and get them into the car to go to these Houston-area events.
FM 1960 and Champion Forest Drive
Date: Mar 16, 2014 at 2 p.m.
Rain or shine, the 1960 St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been a tradition for Houston families for the last 36 years. The parade starts on FM 1960 and Champion Forest Drive and proceeds along FM 1960 to Kuykendahl Road. Arrive early to get a spot along the parade route, and get ready to catch candy, cups, beads and more from the floats that pass by. Wear green and bring ponchos to wear if it rains because umbrellas will block you and your kids from catching candy.
55th Annual Houston St. Patrick’s Parade
Date: Mar 15, 2014 at 12 p.m.
Houston’s St. Patrick’s Parade is celebrating its 55th year of treating Houstonians to a string of colorful floats, marching bands and more. The parade will happen, regardless of the weather. Plan to get there early for this free event and find ways to make yourself comfortable because with over 100 entrants, the parade is scheduled to last for two hours. If you want to start off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with a parade the entire family can enjoy for free, check out Houston’s St. Patrick’s Parade, which is one of the nation’s largest.
FM 1960 St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run and Walk
Date: March 16, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.
If your family is more active, bring everyone to the St. Patrick’s Day 5K Fun Run and Walk. This event begins 45 minutes before the 1960 Parade and follows the parade route. It only costs $25 per person to register. The race begins once traffic has completely been cleared from the entire route, which goes down FM 1960 from Sun & Ski Sports at Champion Forest Drive through to Kuykendahl Road. You may register for this race online.
Fulshear City Hall
30603 FM 1093
Fulshear, TX 77441
Date: March 15, 2014
If you live in Sugar Land or Katy, it will likely be closer for you to go to the City of Fulshear’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival. This event kicks off with a parade around downtown Fulshear at a time to be determined on March 15, 2014. After the parade, vendors will set up at booths near the stage, which will be at 1st Street and FM 359 and feature live performers. Face painters, food sellers and vendors of all types will be on hand for family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day activities and things to see.
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YMCA Camp Cullen St. Patrick’s Day Family Camp
460 Cullen Loop, Suite A
Trinity, TX 75862
Date: March 12-15, 2014
Spring Break camp at the YMCA’s Camp Cullen in nearby Trinity, Texas, is focused on St. Patrick’s Day activities for the whole family. The cost for the camp is $138 per person, and that covers the cost of lodging and meals, but those younger than four or older than 70 get in for free. Your family will have its own private cabin and bathroom with bunk beds inside. Events planned for the camp include paintball games, hunting for four-leaf clovers and camp gold in the “Gold Rush” game, hiking and more. Fishing is available for those with their own fishing license and gear. For an extra $17 per person, you can also go horseback riding.
Crystal Hessong ia a freelance writer and a lifelong, fourth generation Houstonian. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.