Every year Clare goes green for a few days to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with its annual Clare Irish Festival.
New this year The Clare County Leadership Institute will be hosting a soup, bread, & dessert luncheon from 1-4 p.m. on March 17. The fundraiser will be held at the Clare Castle located at 114 W. Fourth St. Food will be prepared by the Clare-Gladwin Career Center Culinary Arts program. Donations accepted will benefit The Stone Soup Project, Clare County’s new soup kitchen. The soup kitchen offers free lunches on Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Athanasius Church located at 310 S. Broad St. in Harrison.
Cops and Doughnuts will be taking it to the streets and opening its new storefront on St. Patrick’s Day. The new store will help with seating, even though it won’t be fully functional yet.
“We put up tents in front of our three storefronts now,” said Al White, co-owner of Clare Cops and Doughnuts. “We sell merchandise out there. We entertain people with our crazy Cops and Doughnuts antics and we have the best pulled pork sandwiches in the world.”
The sandwich alone is $5 or you can add two sides, a cookie and a drink for $10. The best deal, though, is all of the above plus a t-shirt of your choice for $20.
An annual favorite, the Irish Parade, starts at noon on March 17. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. on Wilcox Parkway starting near the VFW. The parade goes down the east side of McEwan starting at Wilcox Parkway and ending at Third Street. Jim and Dean Doherty of the landmark Doherty Hotel will serve as Grand Marshalls of this year’s event.
Cash and a two-night stay at the Doherty Hotel are prizes that will be awarded in the Clare Irish Raffle. The grand prize winner will receive $1,500. Tickets are only $5 and the drawing is at 8 p.m on March 17 at the Doherty Hotel. Proceeds from the raffle go back to the community.
“We encourage people to not only visit us but all of downtown Clare,” White said.