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No Bucks in Budget for Parade, But St. Patty's Fun Goes On

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Thanks to LA's budget crisis, city officials opted to nix plans to host the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Downtown this year, saying to do so would "appear unseemly" in light of the cost of traffic control for such an event, according to LA Now. As an alternative, however, the city is co-hosting some Irish-inspired events today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live, which will feature Irish music, antique trucks, and a beer garden. But if you wait until tonight to hit up L.A. Live for some good ol' St. Patty's fun, you'll find yourself in the midst of a celebration for the great Irish boxer Oscar De La Hoya. Okay, just kidding, he's not Irish, but you might enjoy seeing some free bouts on the Plaza after (responsibly) throwing back a mess of green beer in the beer garden.

Need help figuring out where to find the nearest pub, bar, or restaurant where you can hoist a pint in honor of the land of the shamrock? We've got a map for you! And for all you home chefs, you might want to try your hand at cooking up some Irish eats for dinner tonight.