Despite being only 24 hours long, St. Patrick’s Day has a way of adding extra Irish spirit around Long Island throughout much of March. If you want to celebrate the Emerald Isle on more than one occasion, here’s a monthlong breakdown of opportunities for music, food, events — and yes, lots and lots of parades.
March 1: Irish coffee at Shandon Court
March can be a chilly month, and if you're seeking a hot cocktail with Irish inspiration, Shandon Court (115 E. Main St., East Islip; 631-581-5678, shandoncourt.com) features a traditional Irish coffee (including whiskey, fresh cream and brown sugar), served in a glass with a mug handle (keeping the heat off your fingers). For even more Emerald Isle energy, check the restaurant's website to find out what nights live Irish music plays, including shows by owner (and native Irishman) Gerry Finlay, who specializes in tunes native to his homeland.
March 2: The Kings Park St. Patrick’s Day Parade
With this year's grand marshals leading the way (Tom, Gene and John Nally, AKA "The Nally Boys"), the parade launches at Pulaski Road and Lou Avenue, and will roll down Main Street, turn onto Church Street and wrap at William T. Rogers Middle School. More information available at kpstpat.comPictured, from left: Sharon Nilsson, of St. James, and Lisa Scheer and Kerry Smith, both of Kings Park, at the annual Kings Park St. Patrick's Day parade on March 5, 2016.
March 3: Irish Dancers at Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site
Intended for children of all ages, staff members and students from the Mulvihill-Lynch Studio of Irish Dance will perform, chat with the crowd and even offer some instruction; guests can also take a tour of the center. WHERE/WHEN: 246 Old Walt Whitman Rd., Sunday, March 3 at 1 p.m. INFO: $9, tickets available online at waltwhitman.org; call 631-427-5240 for more information.
March 3: More parades
Mineola at noon ROUTE: Court House at County Seat Dr. to Old Country Rd., then Mineola Blvd. to Jericho Tpke. Bethpage at 2 p.m. ROUTE: St. Martin of Tours Church on Central Ave., down Stewart Ave. to Broadway. East Islip at 2 p.m. ROUTE: East Islip Library on Main St., down Main to Irish Ln. Pictured: The hamlet of East Islip held its annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 4, 2018.
March 4: Shamrock Shake
The Shamrock Shake, served at participating McDonald's restaurants in time for St. Patrick's Day, is back -- and if you'd like to make sure your restaurant of choice is serving the minty beverage, be sure and download the official McDonald's Shamrock Shake Finder app for your Android or iOS phone. (For nutritional information, check the dedicated page at mcdonalds.com.)
March 5: St. Baldrick’s events
Every March, several restaurants, schools, bars and other organizations around Long Island hold volunteer events where heads get shaved publicly to benefit the fight against childhood cancer while showing solidarity with the young people who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Click here for a list of spots that have scheduled St. Baldrick's events.
March 6: Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones
County Dublin's Derek Warfield, a founding member of the Wolfe Tones, is touring the USA with his current group The Young Wolfe Tones, and they'll be bringing their brand of Irish folk music to Long Island in March, appearing at Flanagan's Pub (451 Hawkins Ave., Lake Ronkonkoma; 631-588-9843, flanaganspub.net) on Wednesday, March 6 then Lily Flanagan's (345 Deer Park Ave., Babylon; 631-539-0816, lilyflanaganspub.com) on Thursday, March 7.
March 7: The Wolfe Tones
Known around the world, The Wolfe Tones have been touring internationally for 50 years, delivering their signature storytelling Irish folk sound to several nations--and come March they'll be playing venues across the Northeast, including Carney's Irish Pub (136 Broadway, Amityville; 631-464-4445, carneysamityvillage.com) on Thursday, March 7, Shandon Court (115 E Main St., East Islip; 631-581-5678, shandoncourt.com) on Friday, March 8 and Monaghan's (48 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre; 516-764-6372, monaghansrvc.com) on Tuesday, March 12. Call ahead for admission prices.
March 8: Music and Irish food at Swing the Teapot
Swing the Teapot (6 Verbena Ave., Floral Park; 516-488-2180, swingtheteapot.com) is featuring live Irish music almost every Friday and Saturday evening in March at 9 p.m. (as well as on Sunday, March 3 at 5 p.m.; $20). The spot also features a menu of Irish food, including an Irish breakfast.
March 9: Shilelagh Law at Mulcahy's
The New York-based Irish folk rock group will be performing at Mulcahy's Pub & Concert Hall, helping kick off St. Patrick's Day celebration eight days early; Matt Wahl is slated to open at 7 p.m. WHERE/WHEN: 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh; Saturday, March 9 at 10 p.m. INFO: $15 in advance, $20 at the door; 516-783-7500, muls.com
March 9: Am O'Gansett Parade
The shortest St. Patrick's Day parade on Long Island -- about 15 minutes in duration -- will be taking place once again this year, running down Main Street in Amagansett, only to make a U-turn and return to its starting point; East Hampton Town Crier Hugh King and his wife Loretta Orion are this year's Grand Marshals WHERE/WHEN: Main Street, Amagansett; Saturday, March 9, at noon. INFO: Free; 516-456-4016, amagansettchamber.org
March 9: More parades
WHEN: Saturday, March 9 Westhampton Beach at noon ROUTE: start at Mill Road and Oneck Lane, down Mill Road to Main Street, down Main to Potunk Lane Bay Shore/Brightwaters at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Start at Saxon Avenue and Main Street, west down Main to Community Road Cutchogue at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Main Street and Cox Lane, east into Cutchogue Village. Pictured: A group of kids watching the annual Bay Shore-Brightwaters St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, March 10, 2018 joined forces to make some serious horn noise.
March 10: Irish Festival at Hofstra
The university's annual fest returns, celebrating Irish culture, food and music in its Mack Physical Education Center, North Campus. Scheduled live entertainment is to include music from Black Velvet Band, Hibernian Singers and the Tommy Mulvihill Band. Authentic Irish food will be available for purchase, vendors will be selling crafts and there will be clowns and magicians for the kids. WHERE/WHEN: 1000 Fulton Ave., Hempstead; Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. INFO: $6, $5 for ages 65 and older, free for ages 11 and younger); 516-463-6582, hofstra.edu
March 10: Huntington St. Patrick's Day parade
The oldest St. Patrick's Day Parade on LI, the Huntington pageant--celebrating its 85th year--will begin south of the Huntington LIRR Station (near May Street) and proceed along New York Avenue until turning west down Main Street to the Church of St. Patrick (400 Main St.); expect a large turnout. WHERE/WHEN: New York Ave., Huntington; Sunday, March 10 at 2 p.m. (rain or shine) INFO: Free; 631-873-0500, huntingtonhibernians.com
March 10: More parades
Farmingdale at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Northside Elementary School on Powell Place down Main Street to the Village Green (rain or shine). Pictured: The New York Chapter of Snow Dog Clubs of America took part in Farmingdale's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
March 13: Learn to speak Irish
Curious about learning to speak Irish ("Irish Gaelic")? Drop by the Gerry Tobin Irish Language School at the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Babylon and check out what happens during classes. Instructor Seamas O Neachtain (AKA Jim Norton) says free Irish Gaelic classes are already being taught, but new people interested in joining can still sign up. Levels of linguistic expertise taught range from beginner to advanced speaking, and registration is as simple as just showing up. WHERE/WHEN: 27 Locust Ave., Babylon; Wednesdays starting at 7:30 p.m. INFO: Free; 845-541-3677, scoilgaeilge.org
March 16: Huntington St. Patrick's Day Bar Crawl
The crawl runs from 2 p.m.-8 p.m. and includes stops at Christopher's (8 Wall St.), Repeal XVIII (30 New St.), Finley's (43 Green St.), Huntington Village Tavern (378 New York Ave.), Nag's Head Ale House (396 New York Ave.) and McKeown's Pub (1 Clinton Ave.). Participants are asked to wear green to demonstrate St. Patrick's Day spirit; a portion of the proceeds have been announced to benefit charity. WHEN Saturday, March 16 INFO: $25; longislandsocialevents.com
March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Scavenger Hunt at Suffolk County Farm & Education Center
This annual family event returns with a scavenger hunt, animal feeding, wagon ride and light refreshments. WHERE / WHEN: 350 Yaphank Ave., Yaphank; Saturday, March 16 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. INFO: $5 for ages 2 and older; 631-852-4600, ccesuffolk.org
March 16-17: More parades
WHEN: Saturday, March 16: St. James at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Lake Avenue at Woodlawn Avenue, down Lake to Railroad Avenue WHEN: Sunday, March 17 Patchogue Village at noon. ROUTE: Start at Route 112 and East Main Street, west on Main Street to West Avenue and West Main Street (follows the "May The Road Rise To Meet Ye" 5K at 11:55 a.m.) Glen Cove at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Start at Forest Avenue near Dosoris Lane, Forest Avenue south to Brewster Street, School Street to Glen Street, down Glen Street to Pearsall Avenue Rocky Point/ Miller Place at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Route 25A and Harrison Avenue (Miller Place) east along Route 25A to Broadway, Broadway north to Prince Road (Rocky Point).Pictured: Motorcyclists ride down School Street in Glen Cove during the 28th annual Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 20th, 2016.
March 17: Skate St. Patrick's Day away
If you'd like to spend St. Patrick's Day on wheels, United Skates (1276 Hicksville Rd., Seaford; 516-795-5474) is hosting a pair of skate sessions on Sunday. March 17 from noon-2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.-5:30 p.m.; be sure to wear either a green shirt or green pants to score 50-percent off admission. Admission: $12.50; skate rental: $5. INFO: unitedskates.com.
March 17: Wantagh's first-ever parade
The hamlet of Wantagh deserves a special nod as it's hosting its first-ever St. Patrick's Day parade on (appropriately) Sunday, March 17, led by Grand Marshal John Murray, Jr., owner of Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall. The inaugural event kicks off at 2 p.m. from Wantagh High School (the end of Beltagh Ave.) and runs south down Wantagh Ave. to Railroad Ave., where it turns left to wrap at Triangle Park.
March 17: St. Patrick’s Day on Fire Island
You'll need a ferry ride to get there, but CJ's Restaurant and Bar (479 Bay Ave., Ocean Beach; 631-583-9890, palmshotelfireisland.com) is once again holding a St. Patrick's Day bash. Fire Island is not a typical destination for most in late winter, but the taverns and restaurants in Ocean Beach that open for business in March are known to welcome party people in to wear green and take part in holiday revelry--so be sure to watch for other parties around the hamlet when checking out the festivities (and Rocket Fuels) at CJ's on the 17th. Pictured: People gathered in Ocean Beach on Fire Island to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on Saturday, March 17. 2018.
March 17: "Corned Beef & Chaos"
102.3 WBAB-FM's "Roger & JP" morning show is once again bringing its annual " Corned Beef & Chaos" St. Patrick's Day-inspired event to Stereo Garden. As usual, free Corned Beef and Cabbage will be served, there'll be giveaways and drink specials plus live music from O El Amor ( oelamor.com; pictured) WHERE / WHEN: 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue; Sunday, March 17 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m. INFO: Admission is free; 631-714-4486, stereogardenli.com
March 20: Celtic Woman at the Tilles Center
The performance group Celtic Woman offers a stylized take on both classic and modern Irish music and culture. Currently touring North America, the show stops at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts shortly after St. Patrick's Day WHERE/WHEN: 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville; Wednesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. INFO: Tickets are $43-$154; 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org
March 23: Rooftop party in RVC
The annual Rockville Centre St. Patrick's Parade begins at noon, starting at Long Beach Road at Maple Avenue, continuing down Maple Avenue until the endpoint at North Village Avenue and Quealy Place (rvcstpatrick.com). However, south of Sunrise Highway, the second-floor, open-air space Rooftop 32, normally not in business until the warmer days of spring, will also be providing some revelry -- albeit with added altitude -- featuring a DJ spinning plus bagpipers and drink specials throughout the day. WHERE / WHEN: 3 North Park Ave., Rockville Centre (above Kasey's Kitchen & Cocktails, stairwell is behind the building), starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 23 INFO: No cover, 516-766-5049, kaseysrvcny.com/rooftop-32
March 23-24: More parades
WHEN: Saturday, March 23: WHEN / WHERE: Hampton Bays at 11 a.m. ROUTE: Start at Hampton Bays Elementary School, traveling down Ponquogue Avenue to Montauk Highway Bayport/ Bluepoint at 11 a.m. ROUTE: Montauk Highway and Snedecor Avenue (Bayport), down Main to Blue Point Avenue. (Blue Point) Brentwood at 1 p.m. ROUTE: Start at Washington Avenue and Clarke Street, south down Washington to Ross Park on Brentwood Road Ronkonkoma at 2 p.m. ROUTE: Patchogue-Holbrook Road at Richard Place north to Portion Rd., west down Portion to Ronkonkoma Avenue, south on Hawkins Avenue to Church Street, Church Street to Pond Road. Pictured: El Teatro Rodante Hispanico dance company performs at the Ross Park parade review stand during the annual Brentwood St. Patrick's Day parade on Saturday, March 18, 2017.
March 24: St. Patrick's Day Parade
Billed as the second-largest St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York, the most eastern hamlet on the South Fork's procession will start at Edgemere Street, rolling down to Main Street, where it rolls past the village green until reaching the end of Main. Heavy crowds are the norm. WHERE / WHEN: Main Street, Montauk; Sunday, March 24 at noon INFO: Free; 631-668-1578, montaukfriendsoferin.org
March 24: "Taste of Ireland" at The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre
An annual fundraiser for the CM Performing Arts Center, this event is scheduled to feature live entertainment from the Island Hills Chorus (pictured), comedian Mick Thomas and music by Gil McLean. WHERE / WHEN: 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale; Sunday, March 24 at 7 p.m. INFO: $20; 631-218-2810, cmpac.com
March 30: Jamesport parade
The second-to-last parade of the month takes place on Saturday, March 30 in Jamesport starting at 1 p.m. With former Riverhead Police Chief Joseph Grattan in place as the Grand Marshal, the route will run from the Main Road and Washington Avenue, then down Main to Manor Lane at the George Young Community Center. Pictured: Jamesport residents Kailee and Nicolas Santiago and Fella the dog didn't have to travel far for their hometown's St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 25, 2017.
March 31: last parade of the season
Due to the messy weather back on March 10, the last parade of March is now taking place in Center Moriches at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 31. Led by Grand Marshal Arthur Gerhauser, the route will run east on Main Street as before, from Lake Avenue to South Avenue. (Pictured: The Nassau County Police Emerald Society Pipe Band, taking part in the annual Center Moriches St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday, March 11, 2018.)