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Saturday filled with MHK events to celebrate St. Paddy's

Posted on March 16, 2017 at 8:07 AM by Michael Goens

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What a week it’s shaped up to be in Manhattan. Parade. Road races. Comic expo. NCAA Tournament (women’s). Saint Patrick’s Day! It’s all rounding into shape for the March 17-19 weekend in MHK. Can’t find anything to do? You’re not trying very hard!

Let’s start with St. Paddy’s. We do it up right in Manhattan, with the 39th annual event held in Aggieville USA, where you find 20 bars and restaurants to meet your friends in celebration mode.

  • Keltic Star: Looking for traditional corned beef and cabbage? This is the spot. But why limit yourself to such an obvious, ordinary menu item? Go for some Irish egg rolls, Irish lamb stew or fish and chips, banger’s and mash. A svelte serving of Guinness or Irish whiskey will make the day complete.
  • Kite’s bar and grille: Blarney Breakfast at Kite’s is as tradition-filled as it gets. Knock down a few green beers after the parade as you watch K-State in the NCAA women’s tournament from Bramlage.
  • O’Malley’s Alley: Recently expanded O’Malley’s is the steadfast home of the Belfast Bomber and where you can have a Jameson’s with some friends.
  • Sports bars: More inclined to kick back and enjoy the hoops more than the holiday? You’ll find places raining three-pointers with TVs tuned to the tournament. Best bets are Tanner’s, Tubby’s, Johnny Kaw’s and Kite’s to take in March Madness.
1 p.m. parade start in Aggieville. To the VIlle!

Little Apple Comic Expo
The official comic exposition for Flint Hills and Kansas comic lovers shifts from Manhattan Conference Center to the K-State Student Union on the Kansas State University campus. The schedule includes being a comic book artist/writer, creating a hero and of course, cosplay. Events start at 10 a.m. GA tickets are $10 ($25 VIP).

NCAA Tournament
Beyond the boundaries of the SPD holiday celebration ... our K-State Wildcats, with men’s game Friday night (potentially Sunday) in close-to-prime-time, and women’s games Saturday in Bramlage. The Cats will host first- and second-round contests Saturday, as Stanford meets the New Mexico State Aggies at 12:30 p.m., followed by K-State against Drake at 3 p.m. Early arrivals (pre-11 a.m.) are advised to avoid the intersection of Kimball and Denison, which is part of the 10K race route and will be blocked. Winners meet on Monday, and the winner of that is off to the Lexington, Ky., regional.

Race information
Three races mass into the Saint Patrick’s Day events, with 2-mile run/walk (10 a.m.) and 10-kilometer run (10:45 a.m.). If you haven’t registered, it’s not too late. Check Manhattanrunningco.com for sign-up and race basics.

Enjoy the weekend in The Little Apple. Erin Go Bragh!

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