St. Patrick's Day Celebrations! Last Updated 3/20

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!

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

At the Stamford St. Patrick’s Day Parade, get in the spirit with more than 80 marching units and pipe bands, Saturday, March 7 beginning at 12 noon.

Sponsored by the Central Connecticut Celtic Cultural Community, the Greater Hartford St. Patrick's Day Parade, Hartford, Saturday, March 14, 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!

One of the state's largest Irish celebration is Milford's St. Patrick' Day Parade, celebrated on March 14 at 1 p.m. Be Irish for a day by wearing green at the New London St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sunday, March 15, at 1 p.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 15, showcases music and more than 3,000 marchers celebrating the diversity of many cultures. The parade begins at 1:30 p.m. on Chapel Street.

What began as a brief walk down Main Street, the Greater Bridgeport St. Patrick's Day Parade, Tuesday March 17, has become a larger community celebration over the past 38 years.

On March 21, the Essex Go Bragh Parade kicks off in downtown Essex at 10:30 a.m.!

The Meriden's St. Patrick's Parade held on March 21, features pipe bands, marching bands, youth groups and much more.

On March 22, the Greenwich St. Patrick’s Day Parade begins at 2 p.m. from Greenwich Town Hall.

Also, on Sunday, March 22, gather in Mystic, starting at 1 p.m., for the historic 16th 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.

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 Beer, Music & Family Fun!

On March 14, the Chieftains - The Irish Goodbye perform their last-ever trip to the United States at Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts at UConn in Storrs. Enjoy a meal of Irish cuisine with live music and a variety of tavern games.  Branford's Stony Creek Brewery celebrates the Irish culture with their annual Shenangans Irish Festival on March 7. This festival is offering authentic style Irish Ale.  Listen and enjoy a special concert featuring the Celtic Music Duo at the New Britain Museum of American Art on March 8. At Mystic Aquarium on March 14, enjoy a pizza buffet, meet the African penguins, and make a "green" craft during Pizza with Penguins - Go Green Edition. Celebrate the Irish at the H.C. Barnes Memorial Nature Center in Bristol on March 15 with their annual All Things Green special St. Patrick's family-fun event. At Elicit Brewing Company, on March 17, celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Manchester with beer, specialy drinks, Irish food specials, and traditional Irish music. In New London at the Garde Arts Center on March 20, The High Kings perform traditional Irish music.

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.

Through the Connecticut Irish-American Heritage Trail, you can experience and explore over one hundred historical sites, events and organizations related to Connecticut's Irish population.