Sure, the official day for St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, but it’s become a month-long celebration of Irish heritage in New England. For more content like this, be sure to sign up for our Venture New England newsletter!

Sure, the official day for St. Patrick’s Day is March 17, but it’s become a month-long celebration of Irish heritage in New England.

The biggest celebration comes from the city with the largest population of Irish Americans in the U.S. —Boston — where crowds of roughly a million people have been known to turn out wearing green. For 2020, the parade will be on March 15.

But it’s far from the the only one. There’s an excuse to raise a Guinness throughout New England every weekend for the entire month. Check out the list:

Burlington Irish Heritage Festival

When: Feb. 29 - March 27

What you can expect: It’s a full month of events, including music, poetry reading, films and dancing. The highlight, though, is the annual Festival Ceili, a traditional Irish event with folk music and traditional dancing on March 15.

Cape Cod St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 7

Step off: 11 a.m.

Route: The parade starts at the intersection of Long Pond Drive and Rte. 28 in South Yarmouth and heads down Rte. 28 ending at Higgins Crowell Road.

What you can expect: The theme this year is a “Day of Magic,” with a completely full line up of floats and marchers for the parade.

Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 14

Step off: 11 a.m.

Route: The parade starts at the Newport City Hall, down Broadway, to Washington Square, down Thames Street, ending at Saint Augustine’s Church on Carroll Avenue.

What to expect: The parade is estimated to last about two hours, filled with pipe bands, marching bands, fife & drum corps and more. In addition to the parade, the Irish Heritage Museum will be open and there will be guided tours of Ft. Adams, which was built with Irish labor. See all of the events happening in Newport here.

South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 15

Step off: 1 p.m.

Route: The parade starts at the Broadway ‘T’ Station and ends at Andrew Square in South Boston. Most spectators line up along Broadway.

What to expect: This is the biggest event around. The parade lasts for hours and draws crowds of up to 1 million people. Between the size of the crowds and road closures for a 5K earlier in the day, don’t plan to drive into Boston for this event and do plan to get there early. The parade is only one part of the festivities though, which include a concert by the Dropkick Murphys, guided walks of the Irish Heritage Trail, and lots of food specials at local restaurants.

Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade

 

When: March 15

Step off: 1:30 p.m.

Route: The parade begins on Chapel Street at Sherman Avenue, and continues on Chapel Street toward the Green. The route turns left onto Church Street, down to Grove Street, and ends on Orange Street.

What to expect: This is another very big event. In fact, it boasts being the largest single-day spectator event in Connecticut. The parade lasts about three hours.

Worcester County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 15

Step off: 12 p.m

Fashion in bloom. Shop romantic floral dresses Ad by Macy's See More   Route: The parade starts at the corner of Park and Mill streets. The route follows Park Avenue to Highland Street.

What to expect: If you’re going to this one, you might want to think about bringing your best “crowd” game as the festivities include a contest judged on parade spirit, enthusiasm, best use of the color green and promoting the family atmosphere of the parade. You have to register in advance to win. There’s also been known to be a bar crawl along the parade route.

Scituate St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 15

Step off: 1 p.m.

Route: The parade starts at 327 First Parish Road and marches down First Parish through downtown Front Street to Scituate Harbor and ends at Scituate Harbor Community Center 44 Jericho Road.

What to expect: Organizers say more than 15,000 people come to this South Shore tradition.

 

Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 21

Step off: 11 a.m.

Route: The Providence parade starts at Smith Street and Elmhurst Avenue, and ends at the State House.

What to expect: A long-running tradition, thousands show up wearing their green. Restaurants and bars around the city are expected to have specials. Plus, you can expect Italian-Americans to be celebrating St. Joseph’s Day on Federal Hill, if you crave Italian food instead.

Mystic’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 22

Step off: 1 p.m.

Route: This Connecticut parade starts at the south parking lot of Mystic Seaport, goes left on Greenmanville Avenue, right on Willow Street and ends at Mystic Museum of Art.

What to expect: Close to 2,000 people will march in the parade with an even bigger crowd. The parade goes through charming downtown Mystic and has grown every year.

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 22

Step off: 11:10 a.m.

Route: The parade starts on Northampton Street and heads toward Beech Street, then it’s east on Beech Street to Appleton Street; southeast on Appleton Street to High Street; and north on High Street to Hampden Street.

What to expect: This is another big one, taking about three hours to pass any one spot on the 2.65-mile route. Road closures begin an hour before the parade starts so you probably want to get there early. And if you want to know what’s going to be in it, the line-up is posted on the parade’s website about one week in advance.

Manchester St. Patrick’s Day Parade

When: March 29

Step off: Noon

Route: This New Hampshire parade starts on Elm Street at the intersection with Salmon and continues south along Elm Street.

What to expect: This parade is intentionally the last of the season. Why? It means they don’t have to compete with all the other New England cities for good bands and Irish entertainment. So if you want to close out the St. Patrick’s season with a bang, this is a good pick.