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March 14th, 2010

St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

by LonSeidman

While its still raining out, hopefully you can still wear a hat and think its a ‘soft rain’. There will be plenty of Irish happenings this coming week within a half hour of Wolcott, and even a few locally. Hartford had its parade in the rain and New Haven will also have theirs rain or shine. Here’s a list of a few of the local events:

Sunday March 14th
Danbury will host its St. Patrick’s Day Parade beginning at 2:00 pm complete with free hot dogs along the parade route. The Danbury Whalers will get Connecticut pumped up as they make their debut in the Hat City as they skate up the parade route. Irish and Danbury natives The Mighty Ploughboys will entertain at the Irish Cultural Center on Lake Ave. Their music is a blend of the traditional and rock.

New Haven’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 1:00 pm on Chapel St. The parade route heads towards the Green from Sherman Ave, turns left onto Church St. and then right onto Grove St. The street scene will be tamer this year because city officials intend to crack down on public drinking with $99 fines. Yet, this parade has always been a fun family affair, particularly along Church and Grove St.s which are further away from the starting point near Yale University.

After the parade, a variety of entertainment will take place in various venues and pubs surrounding the Green. The Playwright on Temple St. will host Toronto Celtic Rockers, Enter The Haggis at 3:30 and over at Anna Liffey’s Alternatrad will play its blend of jigs reels and pop music beginning at 3:00. The U2 tribute band, Unforgettable Fire will play late into the evening at the Liffey beginning at 7 pm.

Later this Wednesday, local towns including Wolcott will be honoring a Mayor of the Day. We’re compiling a list of restaurants hosting irish breakfasts and other festive activities. The Ancient Order of Hibernians in Waterbury will host the Police Pipes and Drums Band of Waterbury for a rousing performance at 8:30. Before and after the performance at the AOH on Golden Hill Rd., they will make appearances at Maggie McFly’s in Middlebury.

In the mood for step dancing or a quick drum and pipes beat? Click on any of the links above to hear the music of the bands!