St. Patrick's Day has turned into a week-long festival of all things Irish where everyone (and anyone) can partake in the celebration. Check out these St. Patty's Day events in and around Rye where you can enjoy Celtic tunes, bagpipes, Irish folklore, and, of course, the obligatory green beer.
Best Event for Parade-Goers
Celebrate the luck of the Irish with the 13th annual White Plains St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 13 at 12:00p.m. Don't miss more than 20 bands, community marching groups and flashy floats. Led by Grand Marshall Thomas P. Devine, Jr., the festivity will march north on Mamaroneck Avenue, pass the review stand at City Hall and end on North Broadway. After the parade, take the Irish Cultural Tour featuring Irish music, bagpipers, dance, bar sports and food at ten local downtown pubs. Free transportation will be provided along the Cultural Tour route by the White Plains Bus Company. Contact: (914) 948-0047 for more information.
Best Celtic Music Events
After the White Plains St. Patty's Day Parade, head over to Vintage to hear Shilelagh Law play bare-knuckle Irish music. The New York-Celtic band promises "old songs, new songs, jigs, reels, dancing, weeping, lots of laughter, plenty of drinks, and the inevitable visit to the local diner at 5 a.m." Saturday, March 13 from 2:00-6:00p.m. 171 Main St., White Plains; (914) 328-5803.
It's not St. Patty's Day without bagpipes and drums! Stop by the Rye Roadhouse on Sunday, March 14 at 4:00p.m. where the restaurant will be celebrating its 2nd anniversary with the Pipes and Drums of the Police Emerald Society of Westchester. Traditional fare and Irish beer will be on the menu. 12 High St., Rye. (914) 925-2668.
Tap your heels and listen to reels, jigs, and jams with Jameson's Revenge at The Westchester Country Club on Saturday, March 20 at 7:00p.m. The group of "Trad-Irish" musicians from in and around the Bronx/Westchester area will "play really spirited Irish music" and "have as much fun as possible doing it." 99 Biltmore Ave., Rye; (914) 967-6000.
Best Events for Kids
Bring the kids to the Fun Club "Lucky Leprechauns" at the Rye Free Reading Room. On Friday, March 12 from 3:30-4:30p.m. in the library's Community Meeting Room, kids can listen to Irish stories and make crafts with an Irish lilt. Ages 5 and up. 1061 Boston Post Road, Rye; Contact: (914) 967-0480.
Practice your triple lutz jump while listening to Irish tunes at the Rye Playland Ice Casino St. Patrick's Day Party on Wednesday, March 17 from 3:00-5:00p.m. The public skating session will be celebrating all things Irish, and green attire is strongly encouraged! General Admission $6. Rye Playland Parkway, Rye; Contact: (914) 831-7059.
Best Event for Irish Literary Buffs
Be transported to the bonnie hills and dales of Ireland with Irish Stories as told by Limerick native Patrick Ahern and Marianne McShane of Northern Ireland. After stories, folktales, and anecdotes, Irish tea will be served. Presented by the Rye Storytellers Guild on Sunday, March 14 from 1:30-4:00p.m. in the Community Meeting Room of the Rye Free Reading Room. 1061 Boston Post Road, Rye; (914) 967-0480.
Best Irish Pubs
Join Rye regulars for a pint of Guinness at Kelly's Sea Level. This neighborhood Irish pub will be offering a special menu with traditional fare for St. Patty's Day. 413 Midland Ave., Rye; (914) 967-0868.
Looking for an authentic Irish dive? Davy Byrnes in Port Chester serves a variety of Irish stout and even sells newspapers imported from Ireland (call ahead to reserve). This pub will be filled with revelers coming from the Greenwich Street St. Patrick's Day Parade on Sunday, March 8–make sure you don't miss the green beer and Irish bands! 538 Willett Ave., Port Chester; (914) 937-2106.
Best Event for Singletons
Say "Kiss me, I'm Irish!" and mean it at the Singles Going Wild St. Patrick's Day Celebration at O'Malley's Pub in Mt. Kisco. Enjoy Irish fare, music and dancing with singles from Fairfield, Westchester and the Hudson Valley on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00p.m. The pub's special St. Patty's Day menu will include corned beef & cabbage, shepherd's pie, and Irish beer stew–all served with Irish soda bread. There's a meet-up fee of $1 per person which will give patrons full access to drink specials. 30 East Main St., Mt. Kisco; (914) 666-6455.
Best Event for a Good Cause
The Port Chester-Rye Brook Rotary Club will be hosting its annual St. Patrick's Day Party at the Copacabana Restaurant in Port Chester. The theme this year is world peace, and in attendance will be this year's group study team from the Rotary Club, who are set to travel to Tasmania. Live traditional Irish music, festive menu and draft Guinness will be served in 24 oz glasses. Wednesday, March 17 at 6:30p.m. RSVP to Club President Vincent Coakley; (914) 774-9878.