Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was known for bringing Christianity as well as its rich history and culture to Ireland. Observed on the day of his death, March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day is credited as the drunkest holiday. Every March 17th the Irish diaspora celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick and pay homage to “the Apostle of Ireland” and his legacy by wearing green, eating and drinking, and attending parades all over the world. But you don’t have to be from Irish decent in order to join in on the fun.
Here is what is happening in and around Boston that will bring the Irish out in everyone:
Saint Patrick’s Day Parade South Boston – March 15
The “Southie” parade as locals know it, is one of the largest St. Patty’s Day parades in the country. Held the Sunday before Saint Patrick’s Day, you can join in the festivities on Sunday, March 15th at 1pm (regardless of the snow banks).
The 2015 parade route has been shortened due to record snow still lingering along Boston’s streets. Starting on West Broadway the parade will end on Farragut Road.
If you plan to attend the parade, plan accordingly; people start lining up as early as 9am to save spots along the route. If you can’t stay for the duration of the parade, be sure to note that the streets of Southie will close at 11am until the parade has finished; no cars are allowed in or out during that timeframe.
If you are heading in as a family (with children), make your way to the east side of the parade route as it is more family friendly than the west side. Parking is available along William J Day Boulevard and a short walk brings you to the parade route.
As a former resident of South Boston, and an annual attendee, I can say with expertise that this parade is a must see for kids and adults alike.
Hard Rock Café Boston (22-24 Clinton Street, Boston, www.hardrock.com/cafes/boston) – March 13 – 17
The Hard Rock Cafe Boston will offer St. Paddy’s Day limited-edition Irish inspired fare. This fare includes:
- Irish Mule – made with Jameson whiskey, ginger beer and lime. An Irish twist on an old favorite!
- Irish Reuben- this sandwich is filled with slow-cooked, hand-carved corned beef brisket, then topped with crispy sauerkraut, creamy Thousand Island dressing and aged Swiss cheese atop a salt-crusted pretzel roll, served with Hard Rock’s special crispy fries and a side of citrus-spiked coleslaw.
On March 17, The Joshua Tree (The nation’s premiere tribute band to U2) will be playing U2 hits live from the Hard Rock Cafe Boston’s cavern club stage on St. Patricks Day from 7pm – 11pm. Tickets available for $10.
Saloon (255 Elm Street, Somerville, www.saloondavis.com) – March 17
The Saloon in Davis Square is serving up a trio of hearty, traditional Irish dishes to complement its extensive Irish whiskey portfolio.
- Guinness Braised Corned Beef & Cabbage – roasted red potatoes and baby carrots, stone ground mustard – $20
- Shepherd’s Pie Vol-au-Vents – Yukon Gold whipped potatoes – $18
- Bangers & Roasted Garlic Mashed – caramelized shallot beef gravy – $12
For entertainment or for anyone that wants to get their jig on, The Saloon is featuring the Dunns River band live from 7:00pm – 11:00pm. From 4:00pm – 7:00pm, Dunns River will play an Irish set at Saloon’s sister restaurant upstairs, Foundry on Elm.
The Independent, Union Square Eatery and Bar (75 Union Square, Somerville, www.theindo.com) – March 17
The Independent will open its doors at 11am to celebrate the feast of Saint Patrick with an Emerald Isle traditional inspired menu and cocktails. Classic dishes include:
- Irish Breakfast – two fried eggs, grilled tomato, black and white pudding, Irish sausage, Irish bacon, fried potatoes, Irish baked beans, Irish soda bread – $12
- Corned Beef Dinner – corned beef, boiled potatoes, cabbage, turnips, carrots and onions – $16
- Irish Bangers & Mash – Irish pork sausage with mashed potatoes and baked beans – $13
- Irish Guinness Beef Stew – $16
- Lamb Sandwich – Lamb with Irish cheddar, roasted garlic puree, fries – $14
The special lineup of liquid courage includes:
- The Brotherhood – Jameson, Benedictine, Grand Marnier, lemon – $11
- Chicory Stout – whiskey, chicory maple syrup, whiskey bitters, Guinness – $10
- Ceangoba Toddy – apple-cinnamon infused Jameson, Benedictine, lemon peel, served warm – $9
Puritan & Company (1166 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, www.puritancambridge.com) – March 17
Puritan & Company is offering guests a delicious three-course prix fixe boiled dinner this St. Patrick’s Day for $40. Dinner begins at 5pm and for an additional price there will be a selection of local craft beers for meal pairing.
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“Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me.” – Colin Farrell
– Just one Irish girl sharing a taste of my traditions, Thia