For almost 40 years the Colorado Springs St. Patrick’s Day Parade has brought Irish eyes and smiles to Downtown Colorado Springs! Including over 100 entries, full of music, marchers and much green, the parade is the largest annual event in Colorado Springs. Drawing over 30,000 people to the day’s events!
More than just a Parade, the day includes the 5k for St. Patrick’s Day, the city’s flattest and most festive 5k! Beginning at 10 AM, over 2,500 runners dawn their green tech shirts and run through the streets of Downtown Colorado Springs, starting and finishing on Tejon Street! The finish line is of course conveniently located next to the Paddy O’Pub where you can replace any carbs you might have lost during the race; while watching the day’s events right from Bijou Street!
We of course like to include the wee ones in our Parade-Day activities with the Leprechaun Fun Run! At 11 AM, we offer a half-mile course for the wee leprechauns and a one- mile course for the older leprechauns! Each Leprechaun-fun-runner gets a shirt and their very own bib number so they look like the big kids who run the 5k!
Looking for a way to participate with the whole family? Sign up for the Pedalin’ St. Pat’s Family Bike Ride! Families are able to ride together on March 11, meeting at Trails End Taproom. You’ll ride the beautiful Midland Trail to Downtown where you will get to be in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade as a special guest entry! You’ll then return to Trails End Taproom where you can celebrate with live music! Coming in at about 7 lucky miles, the course is perfect for all rider levels and gives entrants the chance to be part of the big Parade-Day festivities!
If you love St.Patrick’s Day like we do you can also enjoy some of our other events happening during the month of March! The week before the parade is usually when we have to send out our search party for our Leprechaun Lenny! In 2020 & 2021, Lenny the Leprechaun was so upset we didn’t have a parade, he ran away! And after last year’s first parade back, he seems to have taken a liking to his time off. After we checked his usual haunts, it appears that Lenny is still hiding, and we certainly can’t have the parade without him! So March 4, from 1-3 PM, those brave enough to become an Official Leprechaun Locator can sign up to help us search 10 locations up and down Tejon Street! Kids are encouraged to sign up for this fun scavenger hunt event [and must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (or two!!)].
For those of you looking to challenge your riding skills after the winter hiatus, we suggest signing up for the Pedalin’ St. Pat’s Intermediate & Challenging Bike Rides, occurring March 18 at 11 AM! Starting at Trails End Taproom, riders of each course can tour the beautiful landmarks that lie on the West side of the city, including Garden of the Gods City Park, with the Intermediate Course coming in at about 30k and the Challenging Course totaling around 50k. Both rides also finish at Trails End Taproom, at its new location, with the same great beer selection! Riders may also ride through the St.Patrick’s Day Parade the week before! Sign up to find out how!