March 15, 2012

Lucky you: A great variety of St. Patrick's Day celebrations

Parades, Irish music and dancing and a polar dip are among the options that mark the day.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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• PORTLAND ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE: 10:30 a.m., Portland Fish Pier to Maine State Pier via Commercial Street, Portland;

This is not the biggest parade you'll ever see -- most folks could walk the route in 10 minutes -- but it's certainly the most Irish one around here. The annual parade is put on by the Irish American Club of Maine and will feature two pipe bands, the Portland Hurling Club, the Stillson School of Irish Dance, the Gaelic Sports Alliance, the Maine Police Emerald Society, Girl Scouts of Maine and others. It probably will last 30 to 45 minutes, and usually attracts a big crowd. 

• BATH BLARNEY DAYS: All day, downtown Bath. 442-7291;

Saturday's festivities for Bath Blarney Days begin at 9 a.m. with two road races, followed by a parade at 11 a.m. throughout downtown. There's a tug of war at 1 p.m. near city hall, and live music at Byrnes Irish Pub, 38 Centre St., all day long. 

• IRISH SEA CHANTEY CONCERT: Noon, Maine Maritime Academy, Pleasant Street (off Route 166), Castine. Free. 326-2256;

The sea chantey group From Away Down East will perform a concert titled "Songs of Irish Sailors" in the Alfond Student Center. The concert will consist of traditional songs sung by Irish-American seamen. 

• MUSIC IN MARCH ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY: 2 p.m., Topsham Public Library, 25 Foreside Road. Free.

Irish music by singer and guitarist Jud Caswell. 

• BAGPIPE MUSIC WHILE YOU EAT: Miss Portland Diner, 140 Marginal Way, Portland. 210-6673

Free bagpipe music during lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m. 

• CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE: St. Denis Hall, Grand Army Road (Route 126), Whitefield. Donation. 542-0820

The St. Denis Knights of Columbus Council No. 1423 in Whitefield are again holding their "famous" corned beef and cabbage dinner on St. Patrick's Day, along with music by ragtime musician Jazzou Jones. There's no set price for the meal, but patrons' "free-will donations" will go to local charities. 

• ST. PATTY'S DAY CLASH: 9 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland. $5.

"The Clash" is a Portland rock club tradition where local musicians cover well-known bands in a competitive rock-off. For St. Patrick's Day, the event features bands covering three great Irish rock bands: U2, The Pogues and The Cranberries.

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:

Twitter: @RayRouthier


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