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12th annual Las Vegas firefighters St. Patrick’s Day parade

The Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association (LVFBA), Vegas' premiere 501-C benefitting active and retired firefighters, and retired firefighter Mike Tomko, will hold the 12th annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration & Firefighter Challenge in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas.

Don your greenest garb and join the LVFBA for Irish pints, bagpipes and amusement located among the raucous camaraderie of Hogs and Heifers, with traditional Irish fare provided by the Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino.

On Friday, March 17, uniformed firefighters from across the country will join the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Local 1285 Honor Guard and Pipes & Drums alongside other Las Vegas valley Pipes and Drums Corps as they lead the masses in a St. Patrick’s Day procession commencing at Fremont Street’s Main Street Stage at noon and journeying down Fremont Street to 3rd Street.

Guests can enjoy Irish-themed food including corned beef sandwiches, cabbage and potatoes.

Following the parade, guests in green are invited to watch or join in the St. Patrick’s Day Firefighter Games. The Irish-themed Clash of the Titans invites teams of four to test their wits, wills, and brawn in firefighting-themed competitions.

Events will include the Wheelbarrow Race, 5-inch Hose Drag, Hose Bowling, Bucket Brigade, and good ol’ fashioned Tug of War. The games are open to the public; sign-up will be outside of Hogs and Heifers between 10 and 11 am; games will begin an hour after the conclusion of the parade. Trophies will be claimed!

“The procession down Fremont Street is a fun reason to rally the community and celebrate a day filled with festivities,” said retired firefighter Mike Tomko. “This St. Patrick’s Day event started in 2005 with a group of firefighters simply wanting to bring the community together on the happiest day of the year. We now have hundreds of firefighters attending from all over the country. Vegas will be the place to be on St. Patrick’s Day as we continue this tradition and it grows bigger each year!”

Sponsors for the 12th Annual Las Vegas Valley Firefighters St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Challenge & Street Fair include Downtown Grand, Terry Farrell Firefighters Fund, Uber, Fremont Street Experience, Pizza Rock, Hogs and Heifers, Triple George, and many others.

Book a room with Downtown Grand Hotel & Casino using the code 170316LASV for 15% off the three-day weekend.

First-time Uber users will receive a free ride to the event upon downloading the app and using code “LVFIRE”; $5 of current users’ rides to and from the event under code “LVFIRE” will be donated to the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association.

For more information about the “12th Annual Las Vegas Valley Firefighters St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Challenge & Street Fair” event taking place in DTLV, visit www.lvfba.com or visit the event on Facebook.

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