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!
The South Boston annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is so large and well known we thought we’d take this opportunity to share a few of our other favorite St. Patrick’s Day festivals thoughout New England, but if you simply can’t resist the region’s biggest Irish party you can visit their website or learn more about Yankee‘s take on the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade. No matter what, you’re going to have a good time!
Bath Blarney Days — Friday, March 14 – Monday, March 17, 2014
Bath, ME 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?
Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Saturday, March 15, 2014
In Rhode Island, 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!
Sham Rock Weekend at Mount Snow — Saturday, March 15 – Monday, March 17, 2014
Vermont’s Mount Snow throws an annual Irish bash for skiers complete with live Irish music, green eggs and corned beef for fuel, and a popular Pot ‘O Gold scavenger hunt (the prize is a season pass!) plus $17 lift tickets for March 17th when you buy in advance.
Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Sunday, March 16, 2014
Greater New Haven, CT 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.
Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade — Sunday, March 23, 2014
A road race, parade, pageant, and the annual John F. Kennedy National Awardee Dinner are all part of the fun and community spirit on display at the annual Holyoke, MA celebration of all things Irish.
Manchester St. Patrick’s Parade — Sunday, March 30, 2014
Manchester, NH 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.