St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! Last Updated 2/17

With so many St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and festivities around the state this March, it’s easy to be green! Join in the fun and take part in Celtic traditions throughout Connecticut. There are parades, Celtic music, food and events, and plenty of good Irish cheer for all!

Parades, parades, parades!

At the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade, get in the spirit with more than 80 marching units and pipe bands, Saturday, March 4 beginning at 12 noon.

Norwich celebrates its annual Norwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Sunday, March 5, at 1 p.m. After the parade winds through downtown, the fun continues with a street festival on Main Street directly thereafter!

Sponsored by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Community, the Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade, Hartford, Saturday, March 11, at 11 a.m. features many area towns marching in the parade. So you don’t miss any of the festivities, get your seat early on the parade route!

Also on March 11, the Essex Go Bragh Parade kicks off in downtown Essex at 10:30 a.m.!

One of New England’s premier Irish events and the largest single-day spectator event in Connecticut, the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Sunday, March 12, will showcase music and more than 3,000 marchers celebrating the diversity of many cultures. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Chapel Street.

Be Irish for a day by wearing green at the New London St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sunday, March 12, at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, March 19, gather in Mystic, starting at 1 p.m., for the historic annual Mystic Irish Parade. This celebration of Irish culture features 2,000 participants as well as classic antique cars, high school area bands and local Scout troops. Also on Sunday March 19, the Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. from Greenwich Town Hall. 

Running of the Green

If parades aren’t your speed and you’d rather do a 5k while wearing your best green running wear (or costume), join one of these fun organized road race events throughout the state.

Irish food!

Celebrate Irish traditions at Tavern Night: A Taste of Ireland at Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society in West Hartford, March 17. Enjoy a meal of Irish cuisine including Guinness beef stew, Irish soda bread, pickled beets and apple cake! There’ll also be live music and a variety of tavern games at this popular St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Irish History

At Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, learn about Irish history and the Irish Famine, and explore the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art and educational resources. More than 100 original works of art by noted contemporary Irish and American artists in a variety of visual media are featured, as well as a number of important 19th- and 20th-century paintings.