Best St. Patrick’s Day Parades and Celebrations in New England
Every March New England paints itself green to honor and celebrate its rich Irish past. Whether you mark the day with a loaded plate of corned beef and cabbage, pints of green beer, or an enthusiastic attempt at dancing an Irish jig (we know — those fifes and fiddles can make us do strange things), it’s almost always more fun to celebrate with a crowd!
Below are some of the best St. Patrick’s Day parades and celebrations in New England for 2013. We thought we’d share picks beyond the famous South Boston parade, but if you simply can’t resist the region’s biggest Irish party you can get all of your info on the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade here!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 10 – Greater New Haven, CT
Greater New Haven has been rolling out the green carpet for St. Patrick with a parade dating back to 1842. The largest, single-day spectator event in the State of Connecticut (Hartford gets in on the action, too) features 3,000 marchers and musical units celebrating the diversity of many cultures.
Bath Blarney Days on March 11-17– Bath, ME
Bath busts out an entire week of Irish-themed festivities during Bath Blarney Days. Participants can watch Maine’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, take part in the 5K Shamrock Sprint, compete in the Irish Soda Bread Baking Contest, take in Irish films and music, and more! Is that even possible?
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 – Newport, RI
Newport’s day of Irish fun kicks off with a two-hour parade featuring pipe and marching bands, fife and drum corps, reenactment units, and numerous local, state, and regional organizations. Don your best green and don’t miss it!
St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 24 – Manchester, NH
Manchester turns green with Irish pride each year, first with the Shamrock Shuffle road race, and then with the main event – an action-packed parade featuring pipe and marching bands, plus numerous marching units. It’s the city’s largest community event of the year with, more than 70,000 attending and participating.