O'Donold's gears up for St. Patrick's week

Staff report

St. Patrick’s Day is so big at O’Donold’s Pub and Grill that it takes a whole week to celebrate.

The party at the O’Donold’s in Austintown Plaza location and parking is one of the biggest in the state. Last year it drew more than 70,000 people, from sun up to well past midnight.

But the new downtown location on West Federal Street will get in on the act this year for its first St. Patrick’s Day.

The partying actually will begin Saturday, with a pre-St. Pat’s event to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research at the Austintown location.

Money will be raised through pledges to people who allow their heads to be shaved bald at the event.

A heated 40,000-square-foot tent will be set up in the parking lot, and 14 bands are scheduled to play throughout the day, both indoors and in the tent.

The 35th annual Mahoning County St. Patrick’s Day Parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday on Market Street in Boardman. The after-party will begin as soon as it ends at both O’Donold’s locations.

Other St. Pat’s events planned at the Austintown location include the Shaffer Brothers Band at 8 p.m. March 15; and green beer and Irish tunes March 16.

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, the party will begin at 5:30 a.m. in Austintown Plaza with an Irish breakfast. At 9 a.m., the Shaffer Brothers will kick off an all-day schedule of music, bagpipers and step-dancers.

In the evening, when the partying gets serious, Graphic Pink will take the stage at 8 p.m.

The annual St. Patrick’s Day downtown dash — a pub crawl with more than a dozen downtown Youngstown bars participating — will be March 15.

Brigid’s Cross, an Irish band from Cleveland, will take the stage at the downtown O’Donold’s location at 8 p.m. that night.

On March 16, a 10,000- square-foot tent will be set up on Federal Street as St. Patrick’s Day weekend hits full swing. The Shaffer Brothers will perform inside it.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the downtown location also will open at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast, and the band Jane Black will perform.

The tent will open at noon with performances by Guys Without Ties, High Strung Irish and The Rage. Bagpipers and step-dancers will perform throughout the day.

A shuttle bus will take revelers between downtown and Vernon’s in Niles between noon and midnight.

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