Day trips: Green means beachin' fun in OC and western Md.

Ocean City St. Patrick's Day Parade
(Town of Ocean City, Baltimore Sun)

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival


Spend St. Patrick's Day by the seaside. Visit

for the 31st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival, sponsored by Delmarva Irish-American Club. The parade features pipe and drum bands, local high school marching bands and decorated floats. After the parade, celebrate at The Irish Festival at the 45th Street Shopping Center, offering live Irish entertainment, dancers, face painting, Irish apparel and, of course, food and drinks.

The parade begins at noon at 61st Street and travels south on Coastal Highway to the 45th Street Shopping Center. The free festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, go to delmarvairish.org or call 410-289-6156.

New York City

St. Patrick's Day Parade

People began marching to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in New York City in 1762 — 14 years before the Declaration of Independence — making it the oldest Irish tradition in America. To grab one of the best viewing spots for the 251st parade, try the upper steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where visitors maybe able to snag a close-up view of the marchers disbanding near the parade route's end.

The parade is March 17 and begins at 11 a.m. at 44th Street. It will march up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick's Cathedral to 86th Street, where it will finish around 4:30 p.m. For additional history and fun facts about the event, visit nycstpatricksparade.org, where you can also watch a live broadcast of the parade.



American Quilter's Society Show

Head to downtown Lancaster to see the only regional show and contest of the American Quilter's Society, where 200 quilts will be on display and competing for $44,250 in cash awards. Visitors can also attend a workshop or see the latest quilting equipment and material and designs from over 200 vendors. For an extra treat, walk across Penn Square to see all 82 of the world famous Esprit collection of Amish quilts on display at the Lancaster Quilt & Textile Museum.

The show is at the Lancaster County Convention Center, March 14-17, opening daily at 9 a.m. Admission is $11 for adults and $5 for children ages 12-18. Multi-day passes are also available. Parking will be available at the Burle Business Park on New Holland Avenue for $5 per day with a shuttle service to the Convention Center for $2 per person round trip. For more information go to padutchcountry.com/quilters.

Garrett County

Beachin' Weekend at Wisp Resort

Begin your Beachin' Weekend at the Wisp Resort with the Comedy Blast on March 16. The headliner for the show is Clay Miles, and admission covers hors d'oevres and a 90-minute show. On Saturday, visitors can enjoy music and games all day long and enter the popular Cardboard Box Derby Race to engage in some healthy competition.


Beachin' Weekend will take place at the Wisp Resort, March 17-18. Doors open for the Comedy Blast at 7 p.m. March 16 and admission is $22.Go to wispresort.com for more details, including information on the new rules and regulations for the Cardboard Box Derby Race.


"The Art of Video Games"

A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum explores 40 years of the evolution and creation of video games as a new art form. "The Art of Video Games" features striking graphics, creative storytelling and player interactivity from some of the most influential artists and designers in game development.

The exhibition begins March 16 and runs through Sept. 30 at the Smithsonian American Art Museum at Eighth and F streets NW. The museum is open daily 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free. For additional information, go to americanart.si.edu.