Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Connecticut!  

Maris LeBlanc
Published on March 7, 2017

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Connecticut!  


There are a ton of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, festivities, food, music, parades, etc during the month of March. See the list below for ideas on how to celebrate this one day a year when everyone is Irish!

Parades Galore

Greater Hartford Parade, Hartford
March 11, at 11:00 a.m.

Features many area towns marching in the parade. So you don’t miss any of the festivities, get your seat early on this parade route! Come join hundreds of others who will be celebrating in Hartford. The parade begins at Capitol Avenue and ends by the Memorial Arch.  Features many area towns marching in the parade. So you don’t miss any of the festivities, get your seat early on the parade route!. Hosted by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Committee.

Essex Go Bragh Parade, Essex
March 11, at 10:30 am

This parade kicks off in downtown Essex at 10:30 a.m.!

Mystic Irish Parade, Mysic
March 19, at 1 p.m.

This celebration of Irish culture features 2,000 participants as well as classic antique cars, high school area bands and local Scout troops.

Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Greenwich
March 19th at 2:00  p.m.

Starts at Greenwich Town Hall. 

St. Patrick’s Day Parade, New Haven
March 12th at 1:30 p.m.

One of New England’s premier Irish and the largest single-day spectator event in Connecticut. Wear something green and come out to the New Haven green. The parade will follow a route down Chapel Avenue. There will be pre-parade fun for kids of all ages. The parade will showcase music and more than 3,000 marchers celebrating the diversity of many cultures. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Chapel Street.

Parade Meriden
Saturday, March 18
Meriden will be celebrating the day of the Irish with a parade that steps off on Parker Avenue. Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

Mystic’s Parade Mystic
Sunday, March 19
Thousands of people are expected to attend this annual parade that begins at Mystic Seaport at 1:00 pm.  This is the 14th annual St. Patty’s Day parade.  Come and hear local High School marching bands and Fife and Drum Corps.

 Running Towards the Green

If parades aren’t your speed and you’d rather do a 5k to celebrate your Irish while wearing your best green running wear (or costume), join one of these fun organized road race events throughout the state.

Irish Eats

Celebrate Irish traditions at Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland at Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society in West Hartford, March 17. Enjoy a meal of Irish cuisine including Guinness beef stew, Irish soda bread, pickled beets and apple cake! There’ll also be live music and a variety of tavern games at this popular celebration.

Stew Leonard’s Cooking Classes for Kids, Newington
Tuesday, March 14, Friday, March 17
Saturday, March 18 multiple times
Cooking classes for children of multiple ages from toddler to 12. Make Shepherd’s Pie and corned beef sliders, Irish staples. Children will make a craft as well.  Pre-registration required.


St. Patrick’s Day Tunes

On St. Patrick’s Day in Old Saybrook, the McLaughling sisters, also known as The Henry Girls, named for their grandfather, bring their sweet blend of Irish folk music and Americana to the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, 300 Main St., at 7:30 p.m. $20. Information and tickets: 877-503-1286 and katharinehepburntheater.org.

The Saturday, March 14, Infinity Hall Hartford hosts a free music concert featuring the local Celtic group the Jolly Beggars from 1 to 3 p.m., after the Parade in downtown Hartford.  Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Information here.

And earlier in the day, down at Mohegan Sun, the Clan O’Cleary, a five-piece band playing traditional Irish music and original songs, plays at The Lansdowne Pub at Mohegan Sun on at 1 p.m to celebrate.

Michael McDermott‘s group Cead Mile Failte celebrate Celtic culture and heritage through stories and song Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m., at the Centerbrook Meeting House. The afternoon will be filled with traditional Irish music including “That’s an Irish Lullaby,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” and “Danny Boy.” Special guest is Kathleen Mulready. Tickets for the celebration, to benefit the Ivoryton Playhouse, are $30, and include light refreshments. Information: 860-767-7318.

The Stanley-Whitman House presents a concert with the band Cead Mile Failte on Saturday, March 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hoppin Gallery of the Barney Library, 71 Main St., Farmington. $12. Reservations required: 860-677-9222 and stanleywhitman.org.

The Farmington Libraries host Dan Ringrose and Jeanne Freeman for a concert of Irish and Celtic music on Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m., at the Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive. The Celtic duo, Ringrose on vocals and guitar and Freeman on fiddle, harmony and vocals, play and sing traditional Irish and Celtic music, with a touch of contemporary folk thrown in, including original songs and tunes. Advanced registration is required: 860-673-6791 and farmingtonlibraries.org.

The Kerry Boys, who’ve performed traditional and original Irish and Celtic music together for more than 20 years, perform Saturday, March 14, at 4 p.m. at the Henry Carter Hull Library, 10 Killingworth Tpke., Clinton. The band is led by Pierce Campbell, who served as Connecticut State Troubador for 2007-08. Information: 860-669-2342 or hchlibrary.org.

St. Patrick’s Day Dance, Farmington
March 16th at 4:30 p.m.
Green vests, paints or hats are all suitable attire for this dance to be held at the Farmington Library. The dance will run from 4:30 to 5:30.

St. Patrick’s Day information provided by:
 Hartfordcourant.com, Ctvisit.com and Mommypoppins.com

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