St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations
March 13, 2014
St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and the holiday evokes images of shamrocks, leprechauns, bagpipes, kilts, corned beef, and of course, beer. No need to tiptoe around it, Americans like to have a good time on Ireland’s beloved holiday, St. Patrick’s Day! Here’s our roundup of the best events and pubs central to your Waypointe home:
Sunday, March 16th
St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Dating back to 1842, the Greater New Haven St. Patrick’s Day Parade is one of the oldest in New England and the sixth-longest running parade in America. It is alone the largest single-day spectator event in the state of Connecticut, embarking on its 172nd anniversary this year. Parade begins at 1:30pm; coverage starts at 2pm on your local FOX station.
For a well-deserved Guinness, participate in the WSSAC St. Patrick’s Day Classic, held the day before St. Patty’s Day at Jennings Beach in nearby Fairfield. Participation fees vary by race; for a complete list of options and times, visit their website.
Monday, March 17th
O’Neill’s Restaurant and Pub: The “soul of Ireland in the heart of SoNo” opened on St. Patrick’s Day in 1999. The pub brings patrons authentic Irish food and ambiance year-round but waits eagerly for St. Patrick’s Day to arrive, when they open early to offer guests a traditional Irish menu. With an all-day buffet, affordable prices, and a hearty selection of Irish whiskeys and Guinnesses behind the bar, O’Neill’s is where local Irish frequent to reminisce on their roots. The pub’s website lures visitors to “Step into O’Neill’s Pub and Restaurant and you will feel as if you’ve stumbled across an alehouse that’s been there for the last century.” Come with your friends, and leave O’Neill’s with even more.
O’Neill’s Restaurant and Pub; (203) 838-0222; 93 N.Main Street, South Norwalk
Donovan’s: Housed in the historic section of South Norwalk, Donovan’s has been part of the community since 1889. In addition to Guiness and whiskeys, they offer their award-winning clam chowder, just ranked first-place for the second year in a row at the recent Chowdafest competition. The perfect way to warm up after the parade!
Donovan’s; (203) 354-9451; 138 Washington Street, South Norwalk