You might think from that headline that this column is about politics, but it’s not. St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner (March 17) and at this time of year, everybody’s a little bit Irish. That includes the hospitality industry, and there are plenty of places that will be decked out in green and offering Irish American favorites.

Las Olas turns green when the Fort Lauderdale St. Patrick's Parade and Festival returns Saturday, March 14. The parade starts at 11a.m. this year. For more information, go to Or, celebrate the Emerald Isle with Hollywood’s St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival on Hollywood Boulevard on Sunday, March 15! Each year the City of Hollywood and Hibernians of Hollywood team up to host this annual celebration of "all things Irish." This year’s parade and festival will run from noon to 6 p.m. The parade begins at 1 p.m. and will take place on Hollywood Boulevard and Harrison Street between 19th and 21st Avenues. The parade features dozens of floats, local marching bands and spectacular bagpipe and drum corps! A U2 tribute show will take place on the stage, and downtown restaurants will be offering festival specials including Irish favorites such as corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and green-colored drinks!

TooJay’s Deli is helping you conquer your craving during the season of green! Through March 22, customers can enjoy five St. Patrick’s-day inspired dishes: Famous Murphy’s seafood chowder, traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, chocolate covered Irish Cream cheesecake, and Irish breakfast including an Irish Benedict, two poached eggs over corned beef hash!

The Betsy-South Beach has introduced its own proprietary beer, the Betsy Rosa. The beverage is named for The Betsy’s two golden retriever “CEOs” (Canine Executive Officers) Betsy and Rosa and is served exclusively at The Betsy. The hotel is welcoming the creators of the lager for a master class to be held on St. Patrick’s Day from 6-7:30 p.m. Todd H. Space, from Miami’s Master Brewer Academy, will take beer lovers on a journey for the taste buds. Starting at the preparation of the malt, through the fermentation and filtration process, to bottling and delivery, the guided tour of process will highlight the beer’s notes of lemon zest, fresh baked bread and allspice, with hints of honey and herbal hops. While sampling the libation, guests will enjoy a variety of snacks. The event will be held at the hotel’s Carlton Café. Admission is $32, which includes bottomless Betsy Rosa beer and nibbles. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited. Tickets can be reserved by calling 305-673-0044. For more information visit

Jameson presents a St. Patrick's Weekend celebration at The Wharf, 20 W Las Olas, on March 12 and 13. Enjoy limited time drink specials, live entertainment, and good times! Also expect a lot of green and a possible leprechaun appearance! On Thursday, March 12 and Friday March 13, buy a shot of Jameson Cold Brew and get a free 16 oz. Green Wharf Lager. Saturday buy a shot of Jameson and get a free Guinness and on Sunday a shot of Jameson will get you a free Green Wharf Lager. Reserve in advance, and get a free swag bag upon check-in. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 954-372-7606.

In The Game at Sawgrass Mills kicks off the fun on March 17 at 4 p.m. with a party that includes a buffet, two drink tickets: beer and wine, a game of mini bowling and a $10 play card. Cost for kids, age 4 to 20, is $15.99 (excludes drink tickets) and it’s $21.99 for adults 21 and over. For more information, go to