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Going green for St. Patrick’s Day or hooping it up for March Madness? Vegas is the place to be this month

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St. Patrick's Day

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A few of our favorite ways to spend the boozy, Irish-themed holiday ...

Fremont Street Experience Downtown’s massive ShamROCK bash begins Thursday, March 14 before culminating on Sunday, March 17 with the Las Vegas Firefighters Benefit Association’s annual St. Patrick’s Day march, plus dancers, aerialists, the theatrical production show Sticky Sweet (6-8 p.m.) and a slew of bands like Darby O’Gill & The Little People and Finnegan’s Wake playing on three outdoor stages (noon-3 a.m.). Free, vegasexperience.com.

City of Henderson The southeast suburb’s three-day festival runs from March 15 to 17, offering live bands, carnival rides and games, a car show (Saturday from noon-5 p.m.) and a parade (Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon). Free admission, ride & game tickets $1.25 each, cityofhenderson.com.

The Plaza The Downtown property’s dome entrance will transform into a celebration of all things Irish on Saturday, March 16 beginning at 7 p.m. with drink specials, DJ entertainment, a photo booth, beer pong and an all-green fireworks show at 10:30 p.m. Free, plazahotelcasino.com.

The Las Vegas Pipe Band performs during Henderson’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in 2014. (Yasmina Chavez/Staff)

O’Sheas The beloved Irish bar will be ground zero March 15 through 17 for a Linq Promenade-wide “Bloq Party” that will bring in bagpipers, live bands, DJs, a beer truck and more—and turn the High Roller green. Free, thelinq.com.

Big Dog's Brewing Co. The local beer favorite carries forth a longtime tradition, serving up its ale-braised corned beef and cabbage ($15), along with drink specials and live music, March 17 from noon to 10 p.m. bigdogsbrews.com.

Beer Park March 17 beginning at 9 a.m., the Paris Las Vegas rooftop bar will host a special brunch that will include corned beef and cabbage egg rolls and will pour green beer and mimosas. beerpark.com.

Rí Rá The Mandalay Bay watering hole’s PaddyFest, which kicked off March 11, continues through March 17, featuring a themed menu, Irish dancers, live music from bands like The Crooked Jacks, Craic Haus and The Black Donnellys and more. rira.com.

March Madness

Northeastern’s Anthony Green celebrates with temmates and fans after the Huskies defeated Hofstra 82-74 to win the Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship March 12. (Mic Smith / AP)

Wondering where to hunker down for the first two rounds of the 2019 tournament? How about ...

The Cosmopolitan The Cosmo’s Hoops & Hops has become as much an annual tradition as brackets and buzzer beaters. The resort’s 40,000-square-foot, fourth-floor Belmont Ballroom hosts the scene, which brings together a massive HD screen array, 10 betting stations, an open bar and even a regulation-size basketball court. Doors open at 7:30 a.m., $225 per day Thursday & Friday; $150 Saturday; $475 three-day pass; cosmopolitanlasvegas.com.

The D From March 21-24, the Downtown property will offer up reservable “private man caves,” each outfitted with four, separately controllable 70-inch HD TVs, drinks delivered by a personal cocktail sever and all-you-can-eat bites—starting at $175 per person (with a six-guest minimum). Alternatively, fans can flock to the free viewing party on the resort’s 12th floor, or watch at the casino’s aptly named Longbar. thed.com.

South Point Join the March to the Championship March 21-23 in the Grand Ballroom, featuring giant screens, betting stations, prize giveaways and food and drink specials. Best of all: Entry is free. Doors open at 8 a.m., southpointcasino.com.

SLS The north-Strip spot takes the party property-wide March 21-23, with viewing available everywhere from the Foundry ($50 per day)—offering up an unlimited buffet—to Umami Burger, Beer Garden & Sports Book ($128 per day), featuring more than 50 HD TVs, plus William Hill betting stations. Add all-you-can-drink draft beer, Skyy Vodka and more for $40 at Umami. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., slslasvegas.com.

Green Valley Ranch The Henderson resort’s Estancia Ballroom will host free, 21-and-over viewing parties March 21 and 22, broadcasting games on eight large screens and offering food and beverage specials, along with convenient betting. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., greenvalleyranch.sclv.com.

Sapphire The views are great at this gentleman’s club … and the TVs look good, too. Bring your crew, skip the line, sit at a VIP table and choose between boozy options like the Double Team ($699 for a two-hour open bar and two premium bottles with mixers for six guests) and the Triple Threat ($1,095 for three premium bottles for 10 guests). Includes free transportation, sapphirelasvegas.com.

Hard Rock Hotel Vinyl will be the place to be at HRH March 21-22—with oddsmaker RJ Bell recording his podcast live both nights after the action’s over—then the party slides over to Goose Island Pub on March 23. The $135-per-day entry includes an unlimited open bar. 9 a.m., hardrockhotel.com.

Westgate Kick back in one of 1,500 seats at the Hoops Central celebration for just $25 per day, which comes with one free beer. Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will be on hand to kick it off March 21, and the action continues through March 24 on—count ’em!—4,488 square feet of HD TV screens, with close access to betting stations, too. Doors open at 8 a.m., westgateresorts.com

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The Still The Mirage’s self-described “man cave”—a craft beer- and cocktails-focused sports bar—hosts its annual Brackets and Beer shindig from the March 21-22 round of 64 through the championship game on April 8. Book ahead, as seating typically sells out. Free entry, doors open at 9 a.m. & 3 p.m., thestillvegas.com.

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