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Your Guide to the Guides: St. Patrick's Day

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Green clothing? Check. Goofy green hat? Check. Shamrock-themed accessories? Check. Designated driver? Check. Well-honed pinching muscles? Check. You are ready to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, Los Angeles. In order to facilitate your green-hued and brogue-sprinkled merriment, we present Your Guide to the Guides: St. Patrick's Day 2011.First, get your iTunes playlist ready for the drive, bus ride, or party you're throwing. You can hit up Wikipedia for their overview of Irish Music, or get a little more scholarly with a breakdown of the Rough Guides to Irish Music and Irish Folk. If you prefer your music in person, a 2009 Yelp thread includes some places where Irish music is a-playin' live.

St. Patrick's Day events in the area that include live performances are part of the St. Patrick's Day in LA 2011 guide. Some highlights from things happening tomorrow, on St. Paddy's Day proper, include a concert in Pershing Square, a festival at L.A. Live, and a performance at UCLA's Royce Hall.

Enough with the entertainment, you say? Food and drink is a central part of a St. Patrick's Day celebration. Headed out? Hit up's Irish Bars and Pubs Around Los Angeles guide for tips. Citysearch also published a list to local spots where you can party like the Irish.

If your revelry is down in the OC, try the Fast Food Maven's "Where to get your Irish on this St. Patrick’s Day" and Food Frenzy's "5 O.C. Irish pubs for St. Patrick’s Day."

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Speaking of location specific, several of the Patch sites are posting superlocal guides to March 17th revelry. A few we're enjoying: Where to Get Corned Beef for St. Patrick's Day (Altadena), Your Ultimate St. Patrick's Day Meal Guide That Includes More Than Corned Beef and Cabbage (West Hollywood), and Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Hollywood (Hollywood).

Beverage Bonus: The Daily Meal will tell you how to make the perfect Irish Coffee, while Slate has "The eco-guide to responsible drinking," so you can be "green" while wearing green. If you want to party like it's 2010 we've got last year's LAist map of Where to Drink Green Beer in Los Angeles on St. Paddy's Day. And if you're staying home, we've got a roundup of great recipes.