With the calendar turned to March and the promise of warm, sunny days becoming closer every day, it’s time to once again preview some upcoming area events here in our “Weekender Blog.”

This week, we focus on St. Patrick’s Day and some of the fun activities planned for the second and third weekends in March. With the traditional Irish-themed holiday falling in the middle of the week this year, some events have been scheduled for the weekend before March 17, and some for the weekend after.

Because of this and with advance planning in mind, we’re highlighting some of these upcoming events this week. Just be aware that these items are not scheduled for THIS weekend, but rather planned for the weekends of March 12-13 and March 19-20, respectively, with one event in Milford scheduled for Thursday, March 17.

So, let’s take a look at what’s on tap for the middle of March here in beautiful coastal Delaware:

Milton Saint Patrick’s Day Parade (March 13). This 9th annual event takes place in the downtown historic district of Milton and not only includes the parade, for which the gathering is most well known, but also drink and food specials and a “Lucky Leprechaun 5K.” The event was conceived and is still organized by Irish Eyes Restaurant and all proceeds go to local charitable efforts. Last year’s parade boasted more than 75 entries and organizers are expecting an even bigger turnout in 2016. For more information, call 302-684-8889 or visit www.miltonstpatricksdayparade.com.

St. Patty’s Day Parade/Boardwalk 5K (March 12). Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day in style, just across the state line in neighboring Ocean City, Md. Begin your day with a festival at the 45th Street shopping area, followed by the popular parade beginning at noon. The parade route runs from 58th Street to 45th Street and will feature marching units, floats, local celebrities and more. Visit www.delmarvairish.org for more information. There's also a 5K run planned in coordination with the weekend’s festivities, with proceeds benefitting Diakonia. And don’t forget the post race celebration at Shenanigan’s Irish Pub on 4th Street. For more information on the 5K run, visit www.octrirunning.com or call 443-497-4324.

Saint Patrick’s Day “Toasting the Town” Pub Crawl (March 17). This sixth annual event has quickly become a fun tradition in Milford, with four local businesses, two restaurants and five breweries participating in this year’s Saint Patrick’s Day festivities. The event is scheduled for 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, all throughout the downtown area of Milford. Call 302-839-1180 for more information.

Music at Irish Eyes (March 12; March 17; March 19). Irish Eyes in Milton is once again hosting the area’s largest Saint Patrick’s Day parade, but the restaurant’s sister location in Lewes is not being left out of the action. The canal-side eatery in historic Lewes has a quartet of musical groups on tap to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day 2016, including The American Rogues on March 12, Fisher & Maher, as well as the Bottle Boys, on March 17, and Jimi Smooth & The Hit Time on March 19. There will also be food and drink specials and a festive St. Patty’s Day celebration for all to enjoy. Visit www.irisheyespub.com for more information.

Footloose 80s Prom Party (March 12). This is obviously not a Saint Patrick’s Day themed event, but it was too good not to mention here in our blog. So get out your hair spray, your tie-dye shirts and your leg warmers for this fun and crazy time scheduled for the Starboard in Dewey Beach. Organizers promise “80s Hair, 80s Jams, 80s Food and 80s Drink Prices” during this fun community event, hosted by the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation. The event is scheduled for 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March. 12. Click HERE for more information.

There are certainly more activities than this planned for Saint Patrick’s Day this year, particularly at area bars and taverns, but these are a few of the ones that are more family-oriented in nature.

So if you plan on celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day this year, consider these suggestions for having a good time with friends and/or family. And, as always, be safe!

Join us next week here in our “Weekender Blog” for more of what’s happening at and near the Delaware beaches.

Have a great weekend everyone!