Parades & Pints: St. Patrick's Day in Mystic Country Last Updated 3/17

Come find your pot o' gold in Mystic Country with these St. Paddy's celebrations and Irish pubs and restauants in eastern Connecticut. Sláinte!

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Norwich St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival

March 5 | 1pm | Downtown Norwich
Join downtown Norwich for its St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade leaves from Ferry Street and winds through downtown before finishing on Main Street. A traditional Irish Festival follows the parade.

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Rose City Shenanigans 5K

March 5 | 12pm | Downtown Norwich
The Rose City kicks-off their St. Patrick's celebrations with a race through the city's historic downtown. The race begins at Courthouse Square, goes past St. Patrick's Cathedral and circles back to end at the downtown Street Festival where spectators cheer you on!

 

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O'Putnam 5K

March 12 | 1pm | Downtown Putnam
This O’ race is well worth the drive to the northeast corner of Connecticut! The race starts and finishes in the picturesque downtown of Putnam. The 5K is a loop course along the river with a finish in front of the Courthouse Bar & Grille, where the post-race party tops off your Irish celebration. Costumes are encouraged and celebrated! Registration at 11am. (There's even a Wee Mile for the kiddies.)

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New London’s St. Patrick's Day Parade

March 12 | 1pm | Downtown New London
Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with New London’s St. Patrick's Day Parade. The parade begins promptly at 1pm at the New London Waterfront Park. Parade route: Parade start at Waterfront Park and South Water Street. Proceeds down the Bank Street connector and takes a right on to Bank Street. Left on State Street with a finish at Washington Street.
 

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O'Niantic 5K Run, Walk, Jig or Jog

March 18 | 9:45am | Niantic
Kick up your heels, shake off those mid-winter blues and join in for the 10th Annual O'Niantic 5K Run, Walk, Jig or Jog. You’ll fall in love with this 5K race and the post race food all charmed with a little o'luck of the Irish. The run will start and end on Methodist Street in Niantic. Registration at 8am.

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Mystic Irish 5K Road Race

March 18 | 10am | Historic Downtown Mystic
Wear your best green gear race to celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend in Mystic. Make it a weekend by running the race on Saturday and viewing the Mystic Irish Parade on Sunday.

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Mystic Irish Parade

March 19 | 1pm | Historic Downtown Mystic
Come on down enjoy the region’s largest Irish Parade! This historic annual parade boasts more than 2,000 participants. Parade Route begins at Mystic Seaport and travels through downtown Mystic.

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Grab a Pint (or two)

The Inishmor | Colchester (pictured)
This Irish pub and restaurant has only been open for a little over a year, but has already been named the Best Irish Pub in Connecticut by BuzzFeed. Made-from-scratch dishes and Irish specialties (with many items locally sourced from a neighboring farm) make this new pub's menu a must-try.

The Black Sheep | Niantic
"Every family has one, is it ewe?" This upscale Irish bar and restaurant has a fine selection of both Irish and American cuisine. Favorites include: Bangers and Mash, Hanger Steak and Guinness Steamed Mussels. Established by transplanted Irishman Leo Roche (hailing from Glin in Limerick).

Harp & Hound Pub | Mystic
Another establishment of Irishman Leo Roche, the Harp & Hound Pub is situated in one of the oldest buildings in Mystic - dating back to the early 1700s.

Harp & Dragon Pub | Norwich
With 30 Beers on tap and a fully stocked bar, the Harp & Dragon ensures you will have a great time in downtown Norwich. Menu includes Cottage Pie, Colcannon and Boxty, a homemade Irish potato style pancake.

The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House | Mohegan Sun
The Lansdowne Irish Pub & Music House brings a touch of Gaelic flair and the utmost in Irish hospitality to Mohegan Sun.

John’s Mystic River Tavern | Mystic
In the spirit of a true Irish pub, John's proudly serves Guinness and Smithwick's on tap, along with Cottrell, Narragansett, Stella Artois and Coors Light. A definite stop on the "Mystic Mile.”

The Harp on Church | Willimantic
Irish Stew, Irish Ale Battered Fish & Chips and the Irish Reuben are some of the most popular treats at this Irish pub and restaurant. And don’t forget Tuesday Irish Music Nights.

C.C. O’Brien’s Sports Café | Pawcatuck
C.C. O'Brien's is a friendly, Irish Sports Cafe serving a wide variety of pub food including great Buffalo wings and charbroiled burgers (both voted #1 in the area by the Westerly Sun's readers' poll two years in a row.)

Photo courtesy of Winter Caplanson/Connecticut Food & Farm.