St. Patrick’s Day observes the death of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, so how did this commemoration of a saint’s death evolve into a celebration of Irish culture, delicious foods, fun music and dancing, drinking to your heart’s content, and everything became green? We’re here to tell you - and also list off a few ways we love to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Martha’s Vineyard.
Celebrated annually on March 17th, it falls during the Christian season of Lent. Irish families would traditionally attending church in the morning and celebrate the holiday in the afternoon. It’s interesting to note that Lent prohibitions included consumption of meat, but during St. Patrick’s Day, these were waived and people would dance, drink, and feast on traditional meals of corned beef, sausages, and more!
Parades have become a staple of the holiday, but the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was not held in Ireland, but in New York City, NY. On March 17, 1762, Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through the city playing traditional Irish music, helping them reconnect with their Irish roots.
St. Patrick’s Day Facts (sourced from History Channel)
At The Newes from America Pub, there’s a full weekend of fun! Friday night there will be live music, Celtic dancers, and Fisherman’s Stew is the dinner special; Saturday is the ever so popular “Pint Sized Parade” at 11am, continuing with Celtic dancers, bagpipers, and live Irish music. You can feast on Corned Beef & Cabbage during lunch and dinner both Saturday and Sunday!
At Offshore Ale Company on Sunday the 17th, there will be a St. Patrick’s Day Celebration with music and delicious eats.
At the Aquinnah Library on Saturday the 16th at 11am, there is a Kid’s Craft to create a lucky clover with your hand print!
At the First Baptist Church in Vineyard Haven on march 16th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm there is a Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner, adults $15 and children $7. Call for reservations at 508-693-1539
At the Portuguese American Club in Oak Bluffs, there’s a Spring Fling on Saturday March 16th from 6pm until 11:30pm, described as a Fabulously Fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend event featuring Jellybone Rivers and the Maniacs of the Heart along with the Space Invaders. Opportunity to bid on tons of great silent auction items. All to benefit the MV Public Charter School. $15 per person, use the hashtag #CharterSpringFling on social media!
For a full list of all happenings, visit mvy.com/events.
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