Washington, DC St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2013 LIVE on March 17
St. Patrick’s Day is a family day bringing people together to share the culture of the Irish. Washington, DC celebrates Saint Patrick’s Day with a parade along Constitution Avenue. This two-and-a-half hour special event, which includes floats, marching bands, pipe bands, military, police, and fire departments. Washington, DC Parade 2013 Route : The St. Patrick’s Day Parade [...]
Because St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, falls on Sunday this year, the big parade in NYC was yesterday. But there’s still lots to celebrate today.
Here are your most exciting options:
Here are your most exciting options:
- Go to Mass. The Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 460 Madison Ave., is streamed at 10:30 a.m. on their site, saintpatrickscathedral.org. Call your local church—many will be holding some kind of celebration right before or after. You could wear green (though maybe not a Guinness hat).
- Hear some Irish music. Lots of musicians are touring! Altan, led by Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, will be in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday. The Irish and American “supergroup” Solas, touring their wonderful new CD “Shamrock City,” a concept album about the Irish in Butte, Montana, at the turn of the century (did you know Butte has to this day a very high percentage of Irish-Americans?), will be in Burlington, Vermont. Dervish, the Irish group led by Cathy Jordan, and touring their brand new album, “The Thrush in the Storm,” will be in Santa Monica, California. Chances are good there’s great Irish music to be heard wherever you live.
- Eat an Irish breakfast. In Montclair, NJ, Egan & Sons, 116 Walnut St., is holding an all-day event tomorrow complete with Irish dancers and a proper Irish breakfast—black and white pudding—as well as corned beef and cabbage, and dancers. In NYC, Fitzpatrick’s Hotel, 687 Lexington, has a great Irish breakfast—if they didn’t, they might lose some of their Irish clientele. Was that the lead singer of Clannad? Probably. Ulysses Pub, 95 Pearl Street is holding a party on Sunday beginning at 10:30 a.m., and Colin Smith and Friends will be singing Sunday night from 6 p.m. on.
- Have a good pint. There’s an art to pouring a Guinness, with several steps to it. The Guinness factory in Dublin holds workshops and gives some bars seals of approval. There are good pints to be had at many Irish pubs in NYC include Tracks, on the lower level of Penn Station; Tir Na nOg, at 5 Penn Plaza at Eighth Avenue; Druids Bar and Restaurant, at 736 10th Avenue; Swift Hibernian Lounge, 34 E. 4th St. Can’t decide? Go on a pub crawl. You can figure out your own, or join a tour. There are pub crawls in Hoboken and in NYC tomorrow, that include $2 and 3 beers and $4 whiskey (prices go up at 9). More info on tix.pubcrawls.com.
- Play a tune. This is a good weekend to join in a traditional seisún (session). They are taking place all over the country so check your local. In New Jersey, for example, there’s one St. James’s Gate in Maplewood, 167 Maplewood Ave;, from 1 to 4 p.m.. Bring your tin whistle and play along! Listen to some of the best trad players in town at the late night seisún (10:30 on) at the 11th Street Bar, 510 East 11th St., (between Avenue A and B), run by Tony DeMarco. Irish Arts Center is holding their annual “open day” from noon to 5 p.m., including class perormances, tin whistle workshops, film screenings and more. 553 West 51st. St.
- Get Multicultural: Go to “The Star and Shamrock,” a Jewish deli and Irish pub in Washington, D.C., 1341 H Street, NE. They are holding a “St. Paddy’s Simcha.”
- Watch television. You could shop on QVC, which has several different shows beginning at midnight, including “Emerald Isle Style” and “Belleek Irish porcelain.” Turner Classic Movies is going on a binge of Irish movies, beginning at 6 a.m. with “Hungry Hill” starring Margaret Lockwood and Dennis Price, about a feud between two Irish clans. Also on the bill: “The Fighting 69th” with James Cagney, “Finian’s Rainbow,” “Young Cassidy,” with Rod Taylor, about the life of playwright Sean O’Casey, and, what else? “The Quiet Man,” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, at 9 p.m. You can also catch “Vikings” on The History Channel Sunday night. It was filmed in Ireland, and Ireland’s Cultural Ambassador (that’s not a joke, it’s his actual title) Gabriel Byrne, plays Earl Haraldson, the tortured baddie., and “The Bible,” also on The History Channel, right before, produced by Northern Irish lass Roma Downey, with husband Mark Burnett. Downey plays Mother Mary, and will appear on the show Sunday night.