St. Paddy’s Day is just around the corner and you won’t want to miss out on the celebrations. Fortunately, Rhode Island and our surrounding areas offer plenty of chances to take in the fun.
Here are our recommendations of the best places to visit and the activities don’t just fall on March 17th either so you can take in a few!
Attend a St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Irish residents are still very proud of their roots and Providence’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the largest in the area. The Irish population of Providence dates to the 1820s, and once upon a time Federal Hill was an Irish neighborhood. The Providence parade celebrates Irish fortitude and comradery. It starts at State House on Sunday, March 10th at 11:00am, so why not join in the fun?
You’ll also find other parades in Yarmouth, Ma on the 10th, and New Haven, CT on the 11th, and Newport on the 17th, Holyoke, MA, on the 18th, and Manchester, NH on the 25th. Don your best green attire, paint your face, and get into the spirit. Attend more than one parade if the spirit moves you.
Attend a Post-Parade Party
Even when the parade’s over, the fun continues. Newport features a post-parade party on the 17th and a concert from rock veterans The Troublemakers at the Elks Lodge from 2 to 5pm.
Have a Green Beer
Visiting a pub on Paddy’s Day is part of the tradition and nothing says St. Patrick’s Day more than green beer. Leave the car at home and do a pub crawl, listen to Irish music, and make new friends.
Providence participates in the nationwide “Luck of the Irish” event, but don’t forget to buy your tickets for this popular event on March 17th. You’ll have access to many drink specials and giveaways and visit countless venues.
If a pub crawl sounds too overwhelming, you’ll also find many Irish pubs dotted throughout the area where you can just pop in for one or two. Try McBride’s Irish Pub, Murphy’s or Stout in Providence, The Brazen Hen in Westerly, the Irish Ceildidhe Club/Bar in Cranston, the County Cork in Warwick, or Buskers in Newport, just to name a few.
You don’t have to drink beer or attend a parade. Wear green and participate in the Tour de Patrick races held during March instead. The first race is in Pawtucket, RI on March 3, followed by a 5k race in Providence on the 10th, with the final race in North Kingstown, RI on the 24th. You can walk or run, but there’s perks if you do all three.
The races in Pawtucket and Providence use the parade routes beforehand, so you’ll have plenty of cheering supporters too.
Celebrate on the Slopes
Head to Mount Snow on the 16th and 17th and join thousands of green skiers as they enjoy discounted lift tickets, Irish music, beer, eggs, and a scavenger hunt during their annual ShamRock Fest.
Head to a Block Party
The Rosendale Block Party is one of the biggest of the year in Providence. The outdoor festivities start at 5pm with Irish music and a DJ later. They also feature traditional Irish fare and plenty of fun and games.
St. Patrick’s Day comes once a year, so wear green clothing, watch a parade, and clink glasses and shout Sláinte! You’re sure to find plenty to do on St. Patrick’s Day in and around Rhode Island, even if you’re not Irish.