By Gillian Burdett
Spring is ushered in each year with St. Patrick’s Day and the wearing of the green. On March 17, everyone is Irish and ready to raise a pint to honor Ireland’s patron saint. Parades, Celtic music and traditional Irish food make up the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations throughout the state. Here’s our roundup of not-to-miss St. Pat’s events in Connecticut.
Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Hartford, CT 06106
Date: March 10, 2018 at 11 a.m.
Presented by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee, this is the 47th year for this classic St. Patrick’s Day parade. Ten towns will be marching the route, which begins at the Capitol Building on Capitol Ave. and proceeds left on Main, left on Asylum Ave. and left again on Ford St. to end at the Memorial Arch. Elizabeth “Lil” Holleran has been selected as the 2018 Parade Grand Marshal. Expect a large crowd and road closures in Downtown Hartford for the event. You will find parking in Hartford parking lots and garages. WTIC – TV will begin a live broadcast of the parade at 11:30 a.m.
Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Chapel Street at Sherman Avenue
New Haven, CT 06510
Date: March 11, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.
This is one of the oldest St. Patrick Day’s Parade in the country, beginning in March 1842. It is certainly one of the biggest in New England. Organizers expect more than 1,000 marchers and at least as many spectators. The parade steps off on Chapel St. and proceeds southeast to Church St. The route continues on Church to Grove St. and ends at Orange St. The parade is approximately three hours long covering 1.8 miles. Parking is available in Yale University parking lots and New Haven Parking Authority lots.
Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland
Noah Webster House
227 South Main St.
West Hartford, CT. 06107
Date: March 16, 2018 and March 17, 2018 at 6 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day 1748-style. Steak pie, soda bread and pints of Guinness are on the menu for the Noah Webster House’s Tavern Night. Tickets are $40 per person ($35 for museum members.) The evening includes dinner, a choice of beer or wine, live entertainment and historic tavern games. Tickets are available online at Yapsody.
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Dicey Riley St. Patrick’s Day Celebration
Infinity Music Hall
20 Greenwoods Road West
Norfolk, CT 06058
Date: March 17, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Dicey Riley is a leading New England Celtic rock band out of Northampton, Massachusetts. The six-piece group includes fiddle, bodhran and bagpipes. They combine traditional Irish with rock for a high-energy, alt-Celtic sound. Many tunes are sung in Gaelic. Tickets range in price from $19 to $29. The intimate, 300-seat hall ensures all seats are close to the stage. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the St. Patrick’s Day show. Online tickets are available at Ticketfly.
Norwich St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival
Norwich Downtown Historic District
Norwich, CT 06360
Date: March 4, 2018 at 1 p.m.
The Norwich parade steps off on Ferry St. and makes a loop through the Downtown Historic District as it returns to its starting point. A street festival on Main Street follows the parade. There will be food and beverage trucks, live music and children’s activities. You can expect to find face painting, balloon animals and crafts at this popular celebration.
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