The City of Kingston and the Ulster County Ancient Order of Hibernians join forces this Sunday, March 10, for a early day-long salute to Irish Heritage. And, since everyone’s Irish on (or, in this case, around) St. Paddy’s Day, you’re invited!
First up is the 25th Annual Shamrock Run, a two mile, follow-the-green-line, fun foot race from the Academy Green all the way down Broadway to the Rondout. People’s Place, a thrift shop and food pantry in mid-town, benefits from this wholesome Irish-themed event. Then, at 1 o’clock the real parade begins at Kingston Plaza, quickly following in the runner's footsteps. According to the Daily Freeman, “This year’s edition will have six bands, about 120 floats and myriad fire trucks, police departments and politicians.”
After the parade you have your choice of entertainment. The second annual Hooley (Irish for party) will be held at the White Eagle Hall, (Delaware Ave.) where families can enjoy traditional Irish food and hear more about the Irish Cultural Center being built in the Rondout.
There will also be the first annual ShamROCK Festival at BSP Lounge (Wall St.) beginning at 4 p.m. where bands, bagpipers and more Irish entertainment will keep the 18+ crowd rockin’ until 11 p.m.
So, whether you’re an uptown type or a downtown type, there is something to do all day and well into the night Sunday, March 10, in Kingston, NY.
And, if you are offended by the insults and profanity, or just the downright crude slogans on merchandise offered to celebrants of St. Patrick’s Day, you are not alone. The Rockland County Ancient Order of Hibernians released what has become their annual complaint against this offensive, anti-Irish commercial bigotry. They believe that you can celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without insulting the Irish.
More parades and events are scheduled throughout the week in the Hudson Valley. Have a safe and happy (and non-offensive) St. Patrick’s Day whenever and however you celebrate it.