Boston’s favorite holiday is finally upon us. On March 17th (or the week of for that matter) the Irish population in Boston nearly quadruples, and that means, there's no skimping on the celebrations. Here’s a one-stop shop of all things Irish you should do this week so get up, go out, and make Saint Patrick proud.
First things first – if you’re going to be doing any celebrating, make sure you’re decked out in the appropriate St. Patty’s Day regalia. That means, anything green will do, but if you’re willing to go the extra mile, grab some green beads, a ‘Kiss me, I’m Irish’ button, a shamrock hat and you’ll be good to go. Don’t have any of the above? Swing by the Garment District in Cambridge for all of your accessorizing needs.
Everybody loves a good pub crawl and this weekend is no exception. Unfortunately, Boston's 2nd Annual St. Patrick's Irish Pub Challenge is already sold out. (There is a waiting list so be sure to add your name in case some participants back out.) Now who's to say you can't create your own Irish-inspired pub crawl? A great starting point is the Irish Connection website.
Another sure-fire way to celebrate the holiday is short and simple: Guinness. Stop into the nearest pub and grab a glass of this Irish goodness.
Instead of watching The Departed on repeat, catch the live version of 'Shipping up to Boston' while the Dropkick Murphys are in town. In addition to setting up camp at the House of Blues on Lansdowne, Dropkick dubbed McGreevy’s as the Official Band Headquarters. They’ll be on stage March 12 through March 17 with multiple performances on the 13th.
Last, but certainly not least, make the trek to Southie for the 110th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. Just hop on the Red Line to the Broadway stop and set up camp anywhere along Broadway. If you’re looking to stop by a pub in the area, make sure to allow plenty of time for waiting in line because they will be packed. Don’t miss this one event that every Bostonian should experience at least once. Parade starts at 1pm.