Celebrate St Patrick's In Boston

Posted on: 26 March 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Boston, the most Irish of American cities offers a host of ways to celebrate the homeland's traditions and history.

Enjoy a break in Boston this St Patrick's Day where you can watch endless parades, see Irish dining, attend festivals, special exhibits and more. Every night is party night in Boston!

The concerts and events begin as early as March 11th and continue through March 19th, 2006 when the Parade takes place. A visit to the 135th New England Flower Show, March 11-19th at the Bayside Expo Center, can be combined with the St. Patrick’s celebrations.

Here are some highlights:

A Journey Home – John F. Kennedy and Ireland

On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2006, the Museum at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library opens a new exhibit “A Journey Home – John F. Kennedy and Ireland “ that explores President Kennedy’s relationship to his ancestral homeland.

View a large selection of never-before-seen materials including gifts presented to the President by the people of Ireland as well as other artifacts, documents, photographs and film footage relating to his Irish heritage and his June state visit to the country of his forebears. That particular journey he later described as "one of the most moving experiences" of his life. Visit the exhibit and you may leave with a bit of President Kennedy's sentiments.

Irish Heritage Trail

Boston’s Irish Heritage Trail is a self-guided, three mile walking tour that covers 300 years of history as it takes you through Boston's downtown, North End, Beacon Hill and Back Bay. Learn about famous politicians, artists, matriarchs and war heroes, part of a rich tradition of rebellion, leadership and triumph that personifies the Boston Irish.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

The 105th annual Boston St. Patrick's Day parade will begin at 1:00pm on Sunday March 19th, 2006 in South Boston, a distinctly Irish neighborhood jutting into Boston Harbor. The parade features dozens of bands from Ireland and across the United States, including local favorites like Boston Police Gaelic Column, composed of Boston police officers. The 105th annual parade celebrates a glorious tradition of keeping Irish heritage alive. Featuring marching bands and pipe bands from throughout North America, the parade travels through Boston's most Irish neighborhood, South Boston.

The Chieftains

In Concert: The Chieftains! Known for honoring the traditional Celtic / Irish music of Ireland and acclaimed for their ability to infuse these classic melodies with a fresh spirit, the Chieftains are appreciated by all who share a spirit for adventure, a pleasure in surprises, or purely a love of music and fun. At Boston Symphony Hall Saturday, March 11, 7:30pm.

First Boston Gaelic Gourmet Gala

Boston will host the First Boston Gaelic Gourmet Gala at Hotel Commonwealth , Boston 6-9 pm March 15, 2006 featuring top chefs from Ireland & Boston .For Information 617-532-5063. Visit the web site: www.irishmassachusetts.com

First Boston Gaelic Gourmet Week

Boston will host the First Boston Gaelic Gourmet Week at Omni Parker House, Jurys Boston Hotel featuring one week of menus & Chefs & Visiting Irish Master Chefs events, March 12-19, 2006. Visit www.irishmassachusetts.com for more information.

John F. Kennedy Library Museum

On Saturday March 18, 2006 the John F. Kennedy Library Museum a music program features a much acclaimed husband and wife duo, ATWATER-DONNELLY presenting a grand blend of Appalachian, Celtic and original folk music sung with beautiful vocals and an array of unusual instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, limberjacks, mandolin, harmonica, feet and more.


In Boston there are plenty of pubs to visit:

  • Adjacent to Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the waterfront, The Black Rose is one of the most famous watering holes this side of Galway Bay. The menu includes mouthwatering corned beef and cabbage, aged Angus steak, Shepherd's Pie, as well as New England seafood and a pint or two of Guinness. Traditional Irish breakfast is served every Saturday and Sunday. The Black Rose is a landmark for Boston's Irish and a destination for many visitors (it even features a children's menu). There is live Irish entertainment nightly and on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
  • In Fanueil Hall Marketplace itself Ned Devine’s hand painted murals, imported Irish woodwork, original brickwork and ambient lighting create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere.
  • On nearby Broad Street Tiernan's is a Boston favorite. This traditional Irish restaurant combines both Irish and American favorites. The majority of the dishes are fami

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