The one time of the year everyone is an honorary Irishman is back.
Across the Central Valley and foothills, St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated with parades, parties and pots full of corned beef and cabbage. The day is dedicated to the patron saint of Ireland in observance of the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The first St. Patrick's Day celebrated stateside was in New York City in 1762. Now, it has become a Mardi Gras-esque day of revelry and, yes, green beer.
Murphys Irish Days, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Get your Irish up at this annual celebration, which starts with a pancake breakfast (8 a.m.) and continues with a parade (11 a.m.) and a street fair (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Enjoy more than 100 vendors selling arts and crafts, food and more. Entertainment by the Pilot Peak Barnstormers, Sequoia, Matt Cullen, the Tommyknocker Cloggers, White Hackle Pipe & Drums, Karl the Celtic Fiddler, the Mountain Mischief Jugglers and the Calaveras Community Band. Downtown Murphys. Free. www.murphysirishdays.org. 736-1507.