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5 Around Town: St. Paddy's party, Black Expo, 5K Foam Fest, and Pink in the Rink

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Ice will be pink, beers will be green, redfish will be caught, and runners will battle foam, mud and more this weekend. 

St. Paddy's Day Block Party & Parade

North Charleston will be going green a week ahead of St. Patrick's Day.

The city is hosting it's annual St. Paddy's Day Block Party and Parade on Saturday in the Park Circle area. The party along East Montague Ave. from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. will include live music on three stages, food vendors, a kid's zone, adult beverages and more. The parade along East Montague Ave. starts at 12 p.m.

Free parking will be available but the event draws tens of thousands so everyone is encouraged to carpool and arrive early. East Montague Ave. will close between Virginia Ave. and Jenkins Ave. at 9 a.m. and remain closed until 7 p.m. The stretch of East Montague between Park Place and Jenkins will close at 11:30 a.m. and reopen after the parade. Click here for more details.

Charleston Black Expo

The 19th annual Charleston Black Expo returns to the Charleston Area Convention Center on Saturday.

The expo from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. caters to African-American businesses and community. This year's expo on economic empowerment includes seminars on subjects such as starting and building a business, launching a product, paying for college and more. 

The Charleston Black Expo also features a health fair, job fair, book signings and more. Bestselling Author, Dr. Dennis Kimbro will take the Main Stage from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Television and Radio commentator Roland Martin will also speak from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.

General admission is $10. Click here for tickets and more information.

Art Fest

Local and regional artists will showcase their talents at the annual Art Fest at Mount Pleasant Towne Center on Saturday.

The festival from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. will feature performances and works from local music, dance and visual arts studios. The Mount Pleasant Artists Guild will also include a juried art show.

All activities are free. Click here for more information.

5K Foam Fest

Runners looking for adventure can try the 5K Foam Fest on Saturday.

The 5K race at Johns Island County Park includes 2.5 million cubic feet of foam and 22 obstacles to challenge. Runners will make their way through mud pits, up rope climbs, down the worlds largest inflatable waterslide, on the way to a foamy finish line.

Registration is $55 and will increase to $85 by race day. The first start time is at 8 a.m. and will runners start in waves every 15 minutes. Click here for more details.

Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert

The city of Charleston is hosting a concert to raise money to help the homeless.

The inaugural Homeless to Hope Benefit Concert is Sunday night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Gaillard Center Performance Hall. Performers include Charlton Singleton, Quiana Parler, Heather Rice and others. Tickets range from $30 to $50. Click here for tickets and more information.

Florence Crittenton Oyster Roast & Chili Cook-off

An oyster roast at Lowndes Grove will help raise money to support young mothers and pregnant women in the Lowcountry.

The Florence Crittenton Oyster Roast and Chili Cook-off will be Sunday afternoon from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes food, wine and beer, live music, and activities for kids.Tickets are $45 for adults, $15 for ages 13 to 21, and free for anyone 12 and younger. Click here for more details.

Shuckin' in the Park Oyster Roast

Oysters will be ready for shucking in Moncks Corner on Saturday.

The annual Shuckin' in the Park Oyster Roast is at the Old Santee Canal Park from 1 to 6 p.m. It includes food, drinks, live music, and activities for children. Admission is $5 and food tickets are $10 for a gallon sized bucket of steamed oysters. Small coolers are allowed, but pets are not. Click here for more information.

Oysters on the Point

The once-a-month oyster roast at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina returns for a final time this season.

Oysters on the Point features steamed oysters and other food, drinks, live music, and local art vendors from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $5. Click here for more details. 

Redfish Roundup

Saltwater anglers can drop a line in Colonial Lake Saturday for the 2nd annual Chucktown Redfish Roundup.

Up to 400 anglers are expected to compete to catch the 80 redfish dumped into the 10-acre lake. Each fish is worth a raffle ticket and the winning tickets will be drawn for $250, $500, and $1,000 winners. 

Registration is $40 in advance and goes up to $50 when sign-up begins at 12 p.m. on Saturday. The tournament fishing starts at 1:20 p.m. and ends at 4:45 p.m.. The award ceremony follows at 5:10 p.m. Click here for more information, including tournament rules. 

Stingrays Weekend Homestand

The Stingrays will make a trio of opponents see pink during a weekend homestand at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The Rays host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits for Mascot Mania Friday night. In honor of Cool Ray's 25th birthday, more than a half-dozen other mascots will be on hand for the 7:05 p.m. game.

Saturday is the annual Pink in the Rink night when the Stingrays host the Atlanta Gladiators at 7:05 p.m. The ice will be pink, the Rays will wear special jerseys to auction off after the game, and the first 2,000 fans get a slap wristband. 

The weekend series wraps up with a game against the Jacksonville Icemen at 3:05 p.m. on Sunday. Click here for tickets and more information.

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