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The region is preparing for St. Patrick’s Day 2018. And whether you prefer parades, pub crawls, or polar bear depths, every New England state has a St. Patrick’s Day activity for everyone.
Get a sense of history with your Irish cuisine on Friday and Saturday at St. Patrick’s Day Tavern Night at Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society. Eat Guinness steak pie and Irish soda bread as you listen to Irish music, watch Irish step dance, and play tavern games like 19th-century Shove Ha’penny by lantern light. (Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 6 p.m.; 227 South Main St., West Hartford, Connecticut; $ 35 for museum members, $ 40 admission; all ages)
If the cold water doesn’t scare you, head to East End Beach on Saturday at 5:30 AM for the Rí Rá Paddy’s Day Plunge. It’s a 17 year old tradition raising money for the Portland Firefighters Children’s Burn Foundation. Afterward, swimmers can meet up at the Rí Rá Irish Pub & Restaurant for a free St. Patrick’s Day Irish breakfast, followed by a live auction and raffle. If that sounds too cold, stay dry and just donate to the cause. (Saturday, March 17, 5:30 a.m. in East End Beach, Portland, Maine; no minimum immersion required, free breakfast for jumpers only; all ages)
The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Boston, hosted by the Allied War Veterans Council in South Boston, is a massive event and a 117-year tradition in Massachusetts. According to Tim Duross, the parade organizer, the three-mile parade route will include 250 marching groups, 75 floats and 35 bands this year. (Sunday, March 18 at 1 p.m.; parade begins at MBTA station on Broadway; free; for all ages)
Get ready to laugh at St. Patrick’s Comedy Gala taking place on Saturday at Portsmouth’s historic Music Hall. It features three Irish New England comics: Jim McCue, who appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and founded the Boston Comedy Festival; Joey Carroll, who starred in Comedy Central’s “Pulp Comics” and WCVB’s “Chronicle”; and Kendra Cunningham, who also appeared on Last Comic Standing and whose short film once won the Boston Comedy Festival. (Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m.; 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire; $ 32 for restricted view seats and $ 37 for full view seats; all ages)
In Providence, Whiskey Republic, Hanley’s Ale House, The Stable, Hot Club, and G Pub, hit the bar during the St. Patrick’s Day pub crawl in town. Night owls get free entry to the bars, which offer live music, specialty drinks and freebies. Attendees should purchase a ticket online, print out an e-ticket, and then pick up a wristband and bar card from Whiskey Republic between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday the day of the crawl. (Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; various bars in Providence, Rhode Island; $ 13.75; 21 plus)
Getting festive at Mount Snow’s annual ShamRock Fest, a two-day event held on Fridays and Saturdays, means “eggs and kegs” in the morning, live Irish music and a scavenger hunt for a toy pot of gold – the winner will be awarded a season ticket. On both days there will be free music performances between 12 noon and 5 pm at the main base. A paid ticket is required for performances in the Snow Barn at 9pm on both days. Bonus: You can currently get $ 17 Friday lift tickets online while supplies last (a saving of $ 83). (Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17, 8 a.m. to midnight; Mount Snow, 39 Mount Snow Road, West Dover, Vermont; $ 15 online and $ 20 at the door for performances at Snow Barn; all age groups during the day from 21 years of age Snow Barn performances)