Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in New England

Irish eyes will be smiling in and around Boston this weekend to honor St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you want to run a race, partake in a parade, or toast to good times at home, we curated a list of eight great ways to celebrate St. Patty’s Day!

1) Run the Saint Patrick’s Day 5K Road Race
Dash through streets of Southie before the St. Patty’s Parade at the St. Patrick’s Day Road Race to benefit South Boston’s Boys and Girls Club’s Keystone Teen Leadership Program. Sunday, March 17 at 11 a.m. 230 West Street, South Boston.

2) Visit the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum
March is the ideal time to pop by the JFK Library to honor the 35th President of the United States, our most famous Irish American President. Walk down memory lane and enjoy JFK milestones and mementos. Columbia Point, Boston

3) Join in South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The sun is slated to shine on the 118th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Find a spot along the route to witness the iconic parade. Sunday, March 17 at 1 p.m. Parade route. 

4) Hop in the Happenings in Holyoke
Weekend festivities include a road race, JFK Memorial wreath laying, annual Bishop’s mass, JFK dinner, and parade. Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, March 17. Parade route. 

5) Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Live Irish Music Cruise
Toast to good times inside a floating pub and enjoy a Live Irish Music Cruise through Boston Harbor. The Boston skyline may pop a rainbow for visiting Irish band Curragh. Northern Lights will be fully stocked with traditional Irish libations: beer and whiskey! 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston. March 16 at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. and March 17 at 4 p.m. & 6 p.m.

6) Pop by a Block Party Irish Breakfast
Brick & Ash in Newburyport will be hosting a festive indoor/outdoor, family-friendly “Block Party” on Sunday, beginning at 9 a.m. with a traditional Irish Breakfast. The $14/person buffet is all-you-can eat and available until 2 p.m. Full menu will be available starting at 12 p.m. The parking lot will have fun and games and live music; bag pipers and step dancers are also expected to perform. Along with Guinness, Brick & Ash will have two special beers. The restaurant will be tapping Maine Brewing Co.’s “Lunch” IPA at noon and then later will also have a keg of the limited release “Dinner” Double IPA. 10 Center Street, Newburyport. Sunday, March 17 at 9 a.m. 

7) Make a Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary
Our friends at Artisan Bistro at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston will be offering a Green Bloody Mary (or a “Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary” as their bartenders are calling it) along with a Guinness Float. The Guinness Float is made with house-made vanilla bean ice cream and Guinness, of course. And the “Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary” contains a house-made Bloody Mary Mix with tomatillos, Worcestershire sauce, blue cheese, horseradish, jalapeño, arugula, and spinach. Here’s the recipe if you want to make these Bloodys on your own (for 10-12 Marys, served on the rocks.)

House-made Bloody Mary Mix:

  • 15 tomatillos
  • 2 oz Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 oz blue cheese
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • ½ jalapeño, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 1 cup spinach
  • Blend all ingredients in a blender

Luck of the Irish Bloody Mary:

  • 2 oz vodka
  • Mixed with 5-6 oz of the house Bloody Mary Mix (above)
  • Serve over ice
  • Garnish with a celery stalk and a carrot-wrapped pickle

8) Sip an Inspired Irish Coffee
Beverage pro Michael Ray is mixing up an inspired cocktail available at Chopps American Bar & Grill all weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. A Proper Cold Brew, a fresh twist on a traditional Irish coffee, is made with Proper 12 Irish Whiskey, Three Olives triple espresso vodka, and fresh whipped cream.

Text by Stacey Marcus | Guinness images by Brian Pu Ruiz

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