Ah, St. Patrick’s Day—the perfect day to get in touch with my ¼ Irish heritage. (Hey, did you know that Saint Patrick wasn’t even Irish? He was born in Britain. The more you know.) St. Paddy’s Day is a wonderful celebration here in Boston that allows everyone to embrace their inner Irishman, even if you’re not Irish. But what is there to do around here on St. Patrick’s Day besides covering yourself in shamrocks and drinking green beer? Plenty! Here’s a guide to Boston’s most Irish events to help you celebrate the day right!
The Food – various locations
Plenty of area eateries are putting on specials in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Stop in at the nearest Mickey D’s for a Shamrock Shake (that delicious minty milkshake comes but once a year), at Bruegger’s Bagels for a limited-edition green bagel, or at Dunkin’ Donuts for a shamrock-sprinkled confection to satisfy your cravings for St. Paddy’s spirit. Or put Pinterest to the test with festive recipes like Lucky Charms treats or St. Paddy’s Day cocktails. If eating green foods isn’t authentically Irish enough for you, consider having a traditional corned beef and cabbage meal at one of Boston’s many Irish pubs (like O’Hara’s, a short T ride away in Newton Highlands).
The Concert – Dropkick Murphys, March 13-17
You’ve heard “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” countless times at BC sporting events—now head downtown to see the Dropkick Murphys live in concert! Every year, the Dropkick Murphys return home (the band hails from the nearby town of Quincy, MA) to perform in Boston over St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The band will play five shows at the House of Blues in the week leading up to St. Paddy’s Day, concluding their stint in Boston with a performance at the Lansdowne Pub on March 17. But if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, you may be out of luck—the popular concert series is already sold out, and the cheapest tickets on Stubhub will get you in for $65.
The Parade – South Boston, March 16
If you’re looking for some real Irish culture on St. Patrick’s Day, look no further than Southie. The home of Whitey Bulger may have a rough reputation, but making the journey to South Boston for the annual St. Paddy’s parade is a Bostonian tradition, well worth the Red Line ride down to Broadway. The parade itself isn’t anything special (and is pretty controversial among Boston natives for its historical exclusion of the gay community), but visiting a different neighborhood of Boston on its biggest day of the year is the perfect way to burst the BC bubble, especially if you’re 21 and can enjoy a pint of Guinness at the pubs with Southie’s finest. This year, the parade will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 16—the perfect prelude to St. Patrick’s Day, or a great conclusion to a weekend of celebrating!
The Dance Show – BC Irish Dance presents TREBLE, March 21
BCID’s performances give us tradition with a twist—the dancers of this student group blend typical Irish dance moves with music from Rihanna, Kanye West and the Dropkick Murphys. This past year alone, BCID has gotten their time to shine at halftime shows at Conte Forum, in the Sexual Chocolate fall show, at an intercollegiate competition at Villanova University and at Fenway Park’s Irish Heritage Night, but their annual show is a chance to see a showcase of all of their best work. Come see these lovely lasses show their stuff and get a glimpse of what they have in store for Showdown! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online or at the Robsham box office starting Monday, March 17.