Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Round-Up
Whether you’re looking to put on your parade kilt and wag a shillelagh for the man who (allegedly) banished Ireland’s snakes or celebrate Irish culture in a family-friendly way far from Manhattan’s raucous hoards, Brooklyn has a St. Patrick’s day celebration for you. Here are a few of the borough’s notable draws:
Brooklyn St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 18, 1 p.m. Marchers in this annual Park Slope romp will begin to assemble on Prospect Park West between 14th Street and Ninth Street at noon, and the parade, which honors “the intertwined histories of Ireland and America” as well as the bicentennial of the War of 1812, will begin to move from 15th Street and Prospect Park West at 1 p.m. Before the piping and shouting begins, there will be a morning Mass at Holy Name Church at 245 Prospect Park West. Don’t miss the after-parade reception at Shepherd’s Hall, 245 Prospect Park West, with live music, food, refreshments and soda bread.
Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m.. Brooklyn’s second ambulatory tribute to St. Patrick, hitting the pavement on the weekend after the holiday proper, starts at 1 p.m. in front of St. Patrick RC Church on 4th Ave. and 96th St. A pre-parade morning Mass starts at 9 a.m. at St. Patrick’s RC Church on 4th Avenue and 96th Street.
The Green-Wood Historic Fund Hosts the Eminent Irish of Green-Wood Walking Tour: Sunday, March 18, 1 pm. Because there’s nothing to shake you out of a hangover like the looming specter of death, join Historic Fund guide Ruth Edebohls on a post-St. Patrick’s Day visit to the graves of notable Irish buried at Green-Wood Cemetery. Dead stars of the tour include copper magnate Marcus Daly; India Ink manufacturer and American patriot Charles Higgins; one-armed Civil War general Thomas Sweeney (who retired from the U.S. military but went on to lead the Fenian invasion of Canada); Irish patriot Wolfe Tone’s widow and son; actress and mistress of the mighty, Lola Montez (Eliza Gilbert) and many more. Tickets are $10 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and $15 for non-members. Reservations are recommended.
Volunteer at Greenpoint’s McGolrick Park: Saturday, March 17, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Help turn McGolrick Park into a mini Emerald Isle by spreading grass seed on its barren lawns. Sign in under the pavilion to get your seed satchel and start sowing. There will be free crafts for kids in the playground. Rain date: Sunday, March 18.
Family Friendly Events:
“Luck O’ the Green” Playlab Workshop at Brooklyn Children’s Museum: Saturday, March 17, 11:30 a.m. The fortunate attendees of this workshop at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will learn about Irish traditions, foods, and celebrations. They’ll also get to create a lucky craft to take home. For ages 2 ½ to 5. The Brooklyn Children’s Museum is at 145 Brooklyn Avenue (at St. Marks Avenue).
Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch Presents “Saturday Family Programs: Pot of Gold.” March 17, 1 p.m. Head to the BPL Central Branch’s Dweck Center to join master storyteller Timothy Connell in celebrating Irish Heritage Month with a trio of Irish folktales. Connell will use song, dance and audience interaction to travel to the land of Ireland.
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