Plenty to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Routt County |

Plenty to do for St. Patrick’s Day in Routt County

— Steamboat Springs does not dye the Yampa River green, but residents find plenty of other ways to celebrate Saturday’s Irish holiday.

The Knights of Columbus Council 4462 will host its 53rd annual St. Patrick's Day corned beef and cabbage dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Holy Name Catholic Church, Fifth and Oak streets. Donations will be accepted.

The traditional meal also will be served at local restaurants including Daddio's Bar & Grille in Milner and The Cabin Restaurant and Lounge in The Steamboat Grand.

For entertainment, Steamboat Ski Area will host its annual torchlight parade and fireworks show. The event starts at 8 p.m. and can be viewed from anywhere at the base of the ski area.

Steamboat newest pub, McKnight's Irish Pub & Loft, is embracing its first St. Patrick's Day with a free pancake breakfast from 7 to 8 a.m. at the pub in Wildhorse Marketplace.

Local traditional Irish music performers Nora Parker and her husband, Gary Burman, regularly perform at McKnight's, but on Saturday, other musicians will join the couple with performances starting at 1 p.m. The full band will perform around its main set starting at 9 p.m. until it is time to go home.

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"We don't really have a quitting time," Burman said.

The band members are looking forward to sharing their passions for Irish music with the community.

"We play it every day, year-round, but all of a sudden on St. Patrick's Day, Americans take note."

Parker will bring her young dance students to perform Irish dances at the pub at about 3:30 p.m.

"I enjoy sharing the diversity and art form that we practice 365 days out of the year," Parker said.

Parker's dance group also is performing at the Steamboat Dance Theatre concert at 12:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday at Steamboat Springs High School. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students and senior citizens and $20 for reserved seating and are available at All That Jazz.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email

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