Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Updated St. Patrick's Day Events 2010

Thank goodness something is green this month: St. Patty's Day! Here is an UPDATED listing of parades and other Irish-themed events from the Massachusetts Department of Travel and Tourism.

For Immediate Release


State Bursts at the Seams with Parades, Theatre, Music, Dance, Film & More

BOSTON, March 2, 2010. Staking a claim as the most Irish state in the Nation (24 percent of the state claims Irish ancestry), Massachusetts celebrates all month long with parades, celebrations, revelries and events highlighting a rich and cultural heritage. This St. Patrick’s Day season, don’t miss out on some of the biggest and most colorful parades happening all across the state.

“Residents and visitors alike can paint the town green for the entire month with events that provide one of the biggest celebrations outside of Dublin.” said Betsy Wall, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel + Tourism (MOTT).

To begin your Massachusetts Irish experience, visit: and for complete listings of the state’s happenings. MOTT”s social networking pages on Facebook: and Twitter always keep visitors and residents updated on the state’s events, attractions and activities.

St. Patrick’s Day Parades

Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Yarmouth

Saturday, March 6, 11:00 am
Starts: Corner of School St, & Rte. 28, West Dennis
508 362-PADY (7239)

Worcester St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 14, Noon

Park Avenue
508 755-1955

The 23rd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade celebrates the Irish of Central Massachusetts, who began settling in the Worcester area as early as 1718. In 1825 Irish immigrants came to Worcester to build the city's canals and roadways, and the community flourished thereafter.

Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 14, 1:00 p.m.

Broadway MBTA Stop, South Boston
617 268-7955

This year's 110th annual parade honors the 'Men and Women of the Armed Forces' and features marching bands and pipe bands from throughout America. South Boston is Boston's most Irish neighborhood, and has a glorious tradition of helping others while keeping Irish heritage alive. The parade committee is led by John Hurley, a Navy veteran and South Boston native.

Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade - March 14 1:00 p.m.

Gate Middle School, First Parish Rd
781 545-6671

Scituate's 12th annual St. Patrick's Day parade is popular among the South Shore and Cape Cod communities. The parade ends at scenic Scituate Harbor. Scituate is nicknamed the Irish Riviera, since many Irish politicians like James Michael Curley and the Kennedys liked to vacation there in summer.

Abington St. Patrick’s Day Parade - March 21, 1 p.m.

Abington Center
781 878-1570 or 781-878-7785

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade - March 21, Noon

Downtown Holyoke
413 533-1700

The 55th annual Holyoke Parade is reckoned to be one of the largest in the nation. The parade is the culmination of numerous Irish events in March that celebrate the Irish community of western Massachusetts, many of whom emigrated from County Kerry and the Blasket Islands in the 20th century.

Lawrence St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 21, 1 p,m.

City Hall
978 794-5858

Celebrations, Revelries, Irish Culture & Heritage

Moon Shot - JFK and Space Exploration” Exhibit –Through May 30

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first Moon landing and President Kennedy’s grand vision that made the achievement possible In 1961, President Kennedy challenged the nation to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to Earth before the end of the decade. Appealing to the spirit of adventure, to patriotic pride, and to the cause of freedom, his words ignited one of the greatest technological mobilizations in U.S. history. Eight years later, on July 20, 1969, two American astronauts landed on the Moon’s surface. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston,
9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m., $10, $8 for seniors over 62, $7 for children 13-17,Free for children 12 and under,
1 866 JFK-1960

Imelda May at House of Blues (Boston, MA) – March 6

Ireland’s queen of rockabilly – Imelda May – plays a special concert at Boston’s House of Blues on Saturday, March 6, along with British jazz croner Jamie Cullum. May was seen live on the recently televised Grammy Awards with guitar ace Jeff Beck.

Irish Tea Party – March 7

Celebrate St. Patrick with entertainment and refreshments. An afternoon show that features local musicians and dancers, as well as refreshments, raffles and selection of essay contest winners from local children. Cultural Centre at Elms College, Chicopee, 413 265-2537

The Chieftains: 
Presented by Lowell Memorial Auditorium – March 9

The trappings of fame have not altered The Chieftains' love of, and loyalty to, their roots - they are as comfortable playing spontaneous Irish sessions as they are headlining a concert at Carnegie Hall. After all these years of making some of the most beautiful music in the world, The Chieftains' music remains as fresh and relevant as when they first began. Lowell Memorial Auditorium
50 East Merrimack Street, Lowell,
$39.75 - $49.75, 7:30 p.m., 
978 454-2299

The Irish Rovers At The Colonial Theatre (Pittsfield, MA) – March 11

These international ambassadors of Irish music will deliver a rollicking, rousing performance of good cheer that will have audiences on their feet, singing and clapping along. 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA 01201, (413) 997-4444

The Chieftains: 
Presented by The Hanover Theatre – March 11

The Hanover Theatre
2 Southbridge Street, Worcester
$43.50 - $55.50 | 7:30 p.m. 
1-877-571-SHOW | Purchase tickets here |

Six-time Grammy winners and nineteen-time Grammy nominees, The Chieftains continue to maintain an international touring schedule that has brought them before literally millions of fans on every continent. 
Click here to enter to win FREE TIX!

“Poetry and Power: The Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy

Swing Into Spring Fundraiser –March 12

Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, live entertainment by Old Bridgade, a performance by Clifden Academy of Irish Dancers and a special appearance by singer Pauline Wells. The event is sponsored by Corcoran Brokerage and Common Market. All proceeds to benefit Milton High School athletics. The Common Market, CafĂ© Main Room
97 Willard street, Quincy
Purchase tickets at Corcoran Brokerage, 617 698-5900, $20, 7pm to midnight

Reagle Players Presents: A Little Bit of Ireland – March 12-14

Robinson Theatre
617 Lexington Street, Waltham
AD: $35 - $45 | CH (5-18 yrs): $25 | Seniors: $1 off | Students 1/2 price 1 hour before show 
781-891-5600, Groups 781-894-2330

JFK Library Presents: Themselves - - An Immigrant's Story – March 13

What is it like to leave home and settle in a new country? Follow a young nineteenth-century Irish woman on a journey to America. Hear about her struggle to begin a new life while keeping her Irish heritage alive in this interactive performance featuring storytelling, traditional music, and an Irish jig. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum
Columbia Point, Boston
10:30 am, Free Performances For Children Ages 5 and Up 
617 514-1644, Reservations required |

South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast – March 14

State Senator Jack Hart of South Boston hosts this enjoyable breakfast roast of local politicians, all in good fun, to kick off Irish celebrations throughout the city. Boston Convention & Exhibition Hall 
415 Summer Street Boston, MA 02210 
617 269-HART

Lawrence Hosts Traditional Irish Breakfast 
As part of Irish Heritage Month Celebrations – March 14

Hosted by Mayor William Lantigua. The Menu includes Eggs, Irish Bacon, Irish Sausage, Barry’s Irish Tea, Scones, Brown Bread, Irish Soda Bread, Black and White Pudding. Sponsored by Division 8 AOH and LAOH, the Irish Foundation and the Claddagh Friendship Society. 
See Irish Heritage Month full line up here. Claddagh Pub & Restaurant
399 Canal Street, Lawrence 
8:00 am - 12:00 noon, $9
978 688-8337

Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort – March 17

St. Patrick’s Day $17 e-coupon on March 17th. Green snow on parts of the mountain along with green beer and other special events. Check out for more information and to sign up for your e-coupons. 37 Corey Road, Hancock, MA 01237, (413)738-5500

Cape Breton Dance Music 
Kimberly Fraser and Troy MacGillivray – March 18

Hosted by Gaelic Roots program at BC, headed by fiddle master Seamus Connolly. Boston College
Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hll
6:30-8:30 pm, 617 552-0490

Hogan's Goat at Tamo Bar - March 19-20

The celebration continues through the weekend with local favorite Hogan’s Goat. A three-piece band featuring traditional Irish music, Ballads and Sea Shanties. The Irish favorites will remain on the menu (boiled dinner, Shepherd's Pie) along with sliders, gourmet pizza and lots of delicious finger foods for sharing. Tamo Bar at Seaport Hotel Boston 
One Seaport Lane, Boston, 7pm - 10pm,
617 385-4000

Very Hungry Caterpiller and other Eric Carle Favorites – March 20

Eric Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud and Mixed-Up Chameleon spring to life on stage through the colorful black light puppetry of the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Colonial Theatre 
106 Boylston Street, Boston

Andy Cooney's Forever Irish 
As part of Irish Heritage Month Celebrations – March 23

Singing star Andy Cooney is joined by Ireland’s King of Blarney George Casey, Celtic Folk Artist Kate Purcell, the Darrah Carr Dance Troup and Irish America’s Greatest Musicians. Sponsored by Division 8 Ladies and Men Ancient Order of Hibernians. See Irish Heritage Month full line up here. Claddagh Pub & Restaurant
399 Canal Street, Lawrence 
$25, For tix call: Anne-Marie Nyhan-Doherty at 978-390-3400, Mary Ellen Pelletier 978-886-5062 or
William Sullivan at 978-682-4875

Music from Ireland, New England, Appalachia and Scandinavia
- March 25

Cross the Water: Songs and Tunes from Ireland, New England, Appalachia, and Scandinavia.
Hosted by Gaelic Roots program at BC, headed by fiddle master Seamus Connolly with Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen Boston College
Connolly House, 300 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hll
6:30-8:30 pm, 617 552-0490

The 11th annual Irish Film Festival - March 25-28


Lisa Simmons

(617) 973-8508

Ron D’Amico

Connelly Partners

(617) 521-5428


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