Three Parades to Show Some Saint Patrick’s Day Pride

March 9, 2012 5:00 AM

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By Dani Frank

Shamrocks, sheleighlies and a shared pint of Guinness. Is there any better way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day? Connecticut brings the beloved holiday across the pond, celebrating with annual parades to let residents show their Irish pride. Whether giving thanks to green beer or giving thanks to the most famous Irish saint and namesake of the March 17 holiday, head to one of these three annual parades to honor Saint Patty. With parades hosted on the weekend of March 10, you’ll steer clear of any work conflicts, so grab a shamrock pin celebrate in CT.
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Downtown New Haven
1205 Chapel St
New Haven, CT 06511
Date & Time: March 11th, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Since 1842, New Haven’s Irish Community has been striding through the streets; banner in hand, to bring cheer to Saint Patrick’s Day. The long-standing revelries are noted as the sixth oldest parade in the country, the largest single-day event in the state, and most importantly a parade that is not to be missed. Head to downtown New Haven on March 11 at 1:30 pm for bands, brews and more than a few instances of green. Cheer on the merriment made possible via year-round fundraisers and dedicated volunteers, as they march down Chapel Street.

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Hartford State Capitol
210 Capitol Ave
Hartford, CT 06106
Date & Time: March 10th, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.

Hartford’s rendition of the rowdy revelries begins bright and early at 11 am on the 10th. The parade route begins at the State Capitol, traveling along Main Street, detouring left on Asylum Street, and continuing through to the Memorial Arch. Connecticut’s capital parade is attended by cities from Hebron to Manchester, with representatives marching and identifying the Irish American communities. For the first year the parade will be broadcast on WTIC-TV, so bring your shamrock spirit and catch some camera time at the 41st annual Greater Hartford St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

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Mystic Seaport – South Parking Lot
75 Greenmanville Ave
Mystic, CT 06355
Date & Time: March 25th 2012 at 1 p.m.

Circle the seaport and share your Irish pride, following the 9th annual Mystic Irish Parade Foundation in ringing in Saint Patty’s Day. Made possible by an assortment of local organizations and shops, look forward to appearances by local radio stations like 98.7 and the Voodoo Grill. Floats are an important element of the parade’s spirit, with awards for the Best Irish Theme, Best Newcomer and more. Renowned music makers, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers, will be producing traditional tunes as the procession makes its way down Main Street. Dance a jig and join in the fun with some annual Mystic merriment.

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