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Posted at 2:50 PM ET, 03/11/2011

Something for the Weekend: Celebrate St. Patrick a wee bit early

By Fritz Hahn

St. Patrick's Day arrives next Thursday, but if you're itching to down a Guinness and dance a jig or two, there's no need to wait, thanks to bars getting the parties started this weekend.

Fado is in the midst of celebrating its 13th anniversary. Saturday's plans include a screening of the Ireland-Wales Six Nations rugby match at noon. (There's a $20 cover for that.) Saturday afternoon features the annual St. Baldrick's Day party, in which men and women pledge to shave their heads in exchange for donations to help fight childhood cancers. A DJ spins and raffles off prizes from 3 to 8.

On Sunday, once the annual D.C. St. Patrick's Day Parade finishes, Fado will continue its tradition of being one of the main after-parties, featuring performances by Irish dancers and Celtic rockers the Rovers. Plan to arrive by 2.

Ireland's Four Fields is hosting its own Shamrock Fest on Saturday with live music by the Burren Band and singer-songwriter Ronan Kavanagh, beginning at 3 p.m. with no cover charge. On Sunday, the pub's parade afterparty kicks off at 2 p.m., featuring Kavanagh and students from the Culkin School of Irish Dancers.

The Dubliner -- where we'll be hosting our own happy hour on Monday night -- features live Irish music from Morris Minor and John McGrath after the parade on Sunday, beginning at 2 p.m., plus specials on Bushmills and Bailey's drinks.

It's a similar story over at the Irish Channel in Chinatown, where Brian Gaffney, formerly of Nanny O'Brien's, will be performing all Sunday afternoon after the parade ends.

Though Sterling is a bit of a way from Washington, O'Faolain's is hosting a post-parade Irish session from 4 to 9 on Sunday. Bring your instruments and play along, or just sip and Guinness and listen.

By Fritz Hahn  | March 11, 2011; 2:50 PM ET
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