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Falmouth, Massachusetts, turns Green on St. Patrick's Day

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FALMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS -- Everyone knows how much of Boston is Irish and how intensely that city celebrates March 17.

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But this year, 'way down on Cape Cod, even the little town of Falmouth is turning Irish for the day.

Falmouth will even change its name for the day, to O'Falmouth Village, to honor the bit of Irish in all of its businesses. Actually, the St. Paddy's Day traditions go back in this town, nd they roll out the green carpet to celebrate the shamrock. Home to Liam Maguire's Irish Pub and Restaurant, one of New England's top ten Irish restaurants, according to the Boston Globe, businesses up and down Main Street will join in Liam Magure's fun and extend the day's celebration to the weekend of March 14-17 with green dot sales, window decorations, special Irish menus, Irish music and dancing, and beers and bands on March 17 at Maguire's and a hat parade down Main Street's sidewalks.

If you book a stay with one of the participating Falmouth B&B's you'll be treated to an authentic Irish breakfast, cooking demonstrations featuring Irish recipes, and surprise treats. You can take a "shamrock tour" to find the pot of gold.

Many of the businesses throughout Falmouth Village will change their names for the day to include an O'Palmer House Inn. Retailers throughout the village will add creative St. Patrick's Day themed window displays and hold green-dot and St. Patrick's Day sales. Look for creative Irish takes on internationally themed menus such as the Corned Beef Ravioli served at O'La Cucina Sul Mare and the Irish Margarita with a hint of mint at O'Anejo Mexican Bistro. Bangers and rashers will be added to the menus at local inns and B&B's over the weekend.

St. Paddy's day B&B packages at Palmer House Inn and Captain's Manor Inn will be offered that weekend. On Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16, visitors will be offered a traditional Irish music session with Rossacroo-Na-Loo, "pure Trad" as traditional Irish musicians refer to their music, starting at 3 p.m.

Liam Maguire will present Roger Gamache on bagpipes, as well as Danny Quinn Shanagans and the Brian Boru Pipe Band, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.

On Sunday at 2:30 p.m. there will be an Irish step dancing demonstration at Museums on the Green.

Bring your costume and zaniest hat and join the hat parade down Main Street sidewalks to the Village Green beginning at 3 p.m.

For more information visit www.falmouthvillageassociation.com/

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