The Hudson Valley Gets Its Irish Up! St. Patrick’s Day Celebrated Up and Down the River

Hudson Valley, NY (March 2012) – The Hudson Valley is one of the greenest places anywhere, but March brings even more verdant hues with the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. There’s so much to do that events spill over from March 17th to the weeks before, raising spirits with plenty of corned beef and cabbage for all.

We love a parade! Watching the strutting Hibernians, listening to the Irish music, and mingling with the green-clad crowd is a St. Patrick’s tradition. Catch the first parade in Goshen on Sunday, March 11th. It starts at 2pm on the main street, strolling past the village square as well as several Irish pubs along the way. Next Saturday on St. Patty’s Day itself, Albany kicks off its parade at 2pm replete with marching bands, bagpipers, and everything Irish. It starts at Quail Street and Central Avenue, but stop by the brand new Irish American Heritage Museum for special family events before the parade starts. One of New York State’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parades is in Pearl Riveron Sunday, March 18th at 2:30pm. The lineup wends its way along Middletown Road and turns onto Central Avenue. Don’t worry, you’ll find it. Just follow the crowds to this quintessential Irish celebration.

In Kingston, the Shamrock Run starts off the St. Patrick’s festivities and parade. A huge race (over 4500 people participate), the race is called “fast, flat and first class.” At Windham Mountain’s Irish I Was Skiing/Riding Festival, kids are rewarded with chocolate gold coins if they’re lucky enough to catch the leprechaun. The fun family day includes Irish step dancers and a DJ on both Saturday and Sunday of St. Patrick’s weekend (March 17 and 18). Guinness drink specials are a given along with the Irish band “Ruffians” in the resort’s Legend lounge.

All that activity can make a person yearn for the hearty fare of Ireland and a good brew, all of which you’ll find at Penning’s Farm Market in Warwick on Saturday and Sunday, March 17th and 18th. “A Wee Bit of Improv” is the show that will keep you in stitches with the zany antics of its professional actors at the farm’s Harvest Grill and Brew Pub. This talented group cures those midwinter blahs with laughter and lighthearted wit. More comfort and comfort food can be found at Emma’s Ale House in White Plains. The family-friendly dining room and lively bar is refreshingly unpretentious with a hearty menu and a wide selection of wines and beers. A perfect place to kick back and relax after seeing a parade.

Much merriment will also be found at the Kilt Run in Averill Park on St. Patrick’s Day. Uncle Marty’s Adirondack Grill hosts a day full of events that include games and crafts for the kids, Irish step dancers, and live music. The 4K run is just enough to work up an appetite for the Irish buffet and green beer. More entertainment can be found at Spotty Dog Books and Ale in Hudson. This independent bookstore and lounge/café in a beautiful old firehouse has a fine selection of handcrafted brews. Saturday, March 17th, the disco/funk group Blueberry will be on hand with their cosmic sound. A warm welcome with Irish music, bagpipers, step dancers and a DJ enliven St. Patrick’s Day at Mahoney’s Irish Pub in Poughkeepsie. This traditional eatery will remind you of the old sod with its Irish memorabilia and warm hospitality. Along with the delicious food you’ll find plenty to do here with two bars, pool table, and pub games.

The Irish really know how to throw a party and the Hudson Valley has never been greener. Come see our high strutting bagpipers and fast kicking step dancers while you savor some of the home grown dishes in celebration of St. Patrick. It’s a great day for the Irish, right here in the Hudson Valley.

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. The Valley welcomes over 20 million visitors a year who spend $3 billion annually. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website, followthehudsonriver.com, or by calling 845-615-3860.

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