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John Lamb, Published March 11 2010

Weekend Watch: (Pre) St. Patrick’s Day festivities

Saturday

Wednesday may be the actual St. Patrick’s Day, but the area Irish (if even in spirit) are getting their green on Saturday. Festivities get going early with a St. Patrick’s Day 5K race at 10 a.m. (a 1k for kids begins at 9:35 a.m.) at Great Northern Bicycle Company, 425 Broadway, Fargo. The Celtic Festival at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N., Moorhead, explores and celebrates culture of not only the Irish but also the Scottish, Welsh, and those from Cornwall and Brittany. The event includes bagpipers and other traditional music, step-dancing, storytelling, foods and even a language lesson, all from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a $2 “event passport.” Call (701) 241-8160 for more info.

Check out more culture at noon at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, with the screening of the 2006 Oscar-winning musical love story, “Once.” The Irish take to the street at 3 p.m., marching north from the Old Broadway for the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Call (701) 388-0295 for more information. After the parade, a number of area bars will offer specials, but only Dempsey’s Public House/The Aquarium, 226 Broadway, will offer sets by Fargo’s “wild Irish” band Poitin, at 4 and 10 p.m. Saturday. Both shows are free but ID-only. (701) 235-5913.