Thursday, April 24, 2014
If you haven't experience a St. Patrick's Day in the city, well ... let's just say you haven't really gotten your Irish on.
Whether you're Italian, Asian, or African American, on March 17 everyone has at least a quarter Irish in them. And though the wearin' o' the green and the luck of the shamrocks may roll a little differently with the holiday falling on a Sunday this year, roll they still will. Sure the drinks may have to wait for a reasonable hour - rather than the usual 7 a.m. - but there's still plenty of blarney to be had to get you to rise and shine early.
Check out these happenings at Portland establishments both Irish and otherwise:
Bull Feeney's, 6 a.m. - Rub the sleepies out of your eyes to the villeann pipes tunes of Tom and Don as the live music kicks off before sunrise at Bull Feeney's. It'll last through the day with Dave Rowe, The Milliners, Randy Billings, Clay Shanks and Jake McCurdy following the early guys to the stage.
Brian Boru, 7 a.m. - OK, thank Gov. LePage and then go get a Guinness with your corned beef hash and eggs with the early birds at Brian Boru. It'll be well worth getting up early 'cause Boghat plays from 7 to 10 a.m.
Ri Ra/East End Beach, 8 a.m. - Plungers will splish and splash at East End Beach before heading up to Ria Ra for an 8:30 a.m. plunger-only breakfast. The public is welcome starting at 9 a.m. when the pints will begin being served. Expect live music all day. The Portland Fire Department Drum and Bagpipes will be in the house at 11 a.m., getting folks revved up for the brunch buffet (with bloody mary bar!!!) that runs from noon to 3 p.m.
Miss Portland Diner, 11 a.m. - plan on bagpipes with breakfast with music until 1 p.m. Then come back later for dinner and listen to Joe Markley's Irish tunes from 5 to 9 p.m.
Commercial Street, noon - Everybody loves a parade, and one with bagpipes AND dancers gets extra kudos. The annual St. Patrick's Day parade starts at the fish pier and makes its way to the Maine State Pier thanks to the Irish American Club of Maine. Expect the Stillson School of Irish Dance, the Maine Gaelic Sports Alliance, Claddagh Mohr and Dunlop pipe bands and much more.
Home on the couch, 3-ish p.m. - Go home. Take a nap. You'll need it.
Slante, 6 p.m. - You can never get enough Irish music in mid-March so head back out for a night cap or a few and catch The Keenans playing their Celtic folk rock from 6 to 8 p.m. for all those who still have a room for one more Irish whiskey.
Karen Beaudoin is an online editor for Maine Today Media and contributes two blogs to the company's websites.
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