Written by: Alyssa Brown, Ashley Melendez, Jordan Farley
Congratulations, you made it to the last day before Spring Break 2018. We know you have a paper to finish, a mid-term to dominate, and maybe some last minute packing to get done. Let's face it, college and life can get a bit hectic. Now, you finally have time to take a breath and think about the weekend only to remember that tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day, and you have made zero plans. Well, never fear, we are here to get you to that pot of gold that is an amazing weekend.
Old Sacramento is the place to be this weekend if you would like to partake in the St. Patty’s Day festivities. O’Sac St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be taking place on March 17 at 1 pm. This parade is praised for being one of the most colorful and fun traditions of the year. It starts at the corner of Neasham and Front street and will loop its way through the streets of Sacramento. Nearly 1,000 marchers will participate in the parade including bands, bagpipers, Irish dancers, military regimes, representatives from the local fire and police departments, and many more!
The spirit of Ireland will be felt in the streets of Sacramento. So, grab your green gear and head over a little early to find parking (which can be found either at the Old Sacramento garage, Tower garage and Macy’s West). This parade is for everyone from the wee’ babies to the ol’ Leprechauns, from those of Irish descent to those who wish they were for the day. So join in on the fun and show you Irish side!
After marching through Old Sacramento, why not continue the celebration? As the O’Sac parade comes to a close, head over to Gunther’s Ice Cream to enjoy a delicious 50/50, where vanilla ice cream is added to the center of a Fruit Freeze. Or grab yourself an Irish themed dessert, and ask for a cone full of their special Bailey’s Irish Cream. My mouth is already watering at the thought of the ice cold creaminess.
But you’re in a dilemma, should you stop for dinner on your way? No need to grab dinner elsewhere, Gunther’s is a one stop shop. They provide multiple sandwich, burger, hot dog and soup options, anything to suit your fancy.
Pop and Iva opened Gunther’s in 1940 and were dedicated to creating quality ice cream. After they survived the lifestyle changes of World War II, they moved locations to where Gunther's Ice Cream presently sits on the corner of Franklin Blvd. and 3rd Ave.
The current owners, Rick and Marlena, have continued Pop and Iva’s vision for Gunther’s. While surrounded by the original decor, you can sit in a wooden booth and enjoy the original recipes still manufactured on site.
Let your mouth water too as you scroll through their Instagram account @gunthersicecream
“With the change of times you can still find a good old fashion ice cream at a good old fashion business” –Gunther’s Ice Cream
Location: 2801 Franklin Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95818
You can’t miss it, a large neon sign of Jugglin’ Joe sits atop the building since 1949.
Hours: 10 am-10 pm, everyday