March should be a fun month in the Twin Cities. While it's still cold, longer days and more days with above-freezing temperatures mean that we can start to get outside more.
St. Patrick's Day is on March 17.However, since that's a Sunday, the parades and festivities will be held on March 16 this year. The 46th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade is the biggest St. Patrick's day event in the Twin Cities and turns downtown St. Paul green with over 100,000 spectators expected. Minneapolis has a St. Patrick's Day Parade too, in the early evening. In addition to the parades, the St. Paul St. Patrick's Association puts on a host of events leading up to St. Paddy's day, including the Worst Irish Tenor competition. Don't forget your earplugs.
Every March, Minnesota FoodShare organizes a statewide campaign to restock food shelves. Many local malls, museums and events collaborate with FoodShare and act as collection points for donations, or give discounted admission in return for food donations.
Schools and colleges are on Spring Break sometime in March. Here's ideas for things to do with kids in Spring Break and places to visit for a Spring Break vacation from the Twin Cities.
Easter is on March 31.