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Take Five: St. Pat’s parade and festival turns downtown Raleigh green

Check out Raleigh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday morning. The Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival begins at City Plaza when the parade ends, with live music, dancing and fun for kids along Leprechaun Lane.
Check out Raleigh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday morning. The Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival begins at City Plaza when the parade ends, with live music, dancing and fun for kids along Leprechaun Lane. newsobserver.com

Triangle events to add to your daybook:

Get in step

8 p.m. Friday; Century Center, 100 N. Greensboro St., Carrboro; $10 ($8 members); tcdancers.org

Triangle Contra Dancers’ next dance features a nationally known caller, Brooke Friendly of Oregon, and some great area musicians from the band So Be It Union. (Dance lesson at 7:30).

Frogs and snakes

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh; free; naturalsciences.org

Frogs are the stars of this year’s Reptile and Amphibian Day, the second largest annual event (after BugFest) put on by the museum. Fun – and educational – for all ages.

St. Pat’s Parade

10 a.m. Saturday; Downtown Raleigh; free; raleighstpats.org

Raleigh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade starts on Wilmington at Lane Street and goes south down Fayetteville to Martin and Salisbury. The Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival starts at City Plaza when the parade ends, and has live music, dancing and fun for kids along Leprechaun Lane.

Up on the Roof

12:30 p.m. Saturday; Durham Hotel rooftop bar, 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham; $8-$10, 12 & under free; thedurham.com

Weather permitting, Flash Chorus huddles up under the March sky to sing a cappella songs by John Legend and Architecture in Helsinki.

Raleigh Blues

7 p.m. Saturday; Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh; $51-$77; dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

The 9th annual Raleigh Blues Festival brings Sir Charles Jones, Pokey Bear, Theodis Easley, Nelson Curry & the Klass Band and others to downtown Raleigh.

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