The ‘Ville to celebrate real St. Patty’s Day


Anyone left wanting more from the Fake Patrick’s Day celebration last weekend can continue the green tradition Saturday in Aggieville.

Aggieville’s 30th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration’s theme is ‘Go Green’, and it begins at 7:30 a.m. with a Blarney Breakfast at Kite’s Grille and Bar. Events continue throughout the day with races, an egg hunt and a parade.

The morning’s breakfast is a fundraiser for the Manhattan Arts Center, said Tess Purvis, the center’s director of marketing and education.

“It’s a really good time, and it’s a cheap breakfast for a good cause,” she said.

Purvis said the MAC has done the green eggs, ham, biscuits and fruit breakfast for eight years.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Arts Center until 5 p.m. today. They are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets bought at the door are a dollar more.

The breakfast is sponsored by Deloris and Steven Berland, members of the MAC.

Later in the day, Dr. Seuss’ Green EGGstravaganza will take place at 10:15 a.m. on the front lawn of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art. Union Program Council is sponsoring the event for children of all ages to honor Dr. Seuss’ birthday, which was March 2, said Jessica Pope, senior in hotel and restaurant management.

“Normally, it’s at the Bosco Student Plaza, and from there to Hale Library,” Pope said, “but because Aggieville’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration is the same day, we wanted to work with them. That way people can enjoy both activities.”

Pope, a UPC co-chair for the event, said there will be several activities available.

Children will be divided into age categories for the hunt and can participate in stuff-the-bear, sandy candy and jelly bean guessing contest activities.

Celebrations will continue with a parade at 11 a.m., a 2-mile fun walk/run at 12:30 p.m. and a 10K road race at 1:15 p.m.