DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- As the St. Patrick's Day season descends on Dutchess County, celebrations are in the works that feature food, drink, music and dancing. Below are several options across the county as listed by dutchesstourism.com.
The 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The 21st Annual Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Parade is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 5. As the chosen grand marshal for this year's parade, Bruce Coneeny, 64, of Hopewell Junction, will lead the procession. The parade begins at the corner of West Main Street and Delavergne Avenue, then winds south through the historic Village of Wappingers Falls. The procession will turn left on Elm Street and left again on South Mesier Avenue before finally coming to a stop at Mesier Park.
The kid-friendly event typically features a few new floats, marching bands and about 3,000 participants
Parade of Green in Beacon!
Beacon’s inaugural St. Patrick’s Day parade kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 12. For information visit the Facebook page
Beacon's Parade Grand Marshall is Patrick Kerr, who served on the Beacon Recreation Commission for many years. A professional mason, he’s often volunteered his masonry expertise for the city of Beacon.
Paddy on the River 2016!
Paddy on the River returns to the Hudson Valley from 12-5 p.m. on Saturday, March 12 at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish nature all afternoon with traditional Irish foods, vendors, entertainment, beer, and more. Entertainment will be provided by the Narrowbacks, Mighty Ploughboys and Ireland the Band
Parking in Poughkeepsie
The city is urging party-goers to park at the train station and use municipal lots and street parking. It also is recommended that patrons consider parking at any station along the Hudson Line and then take the train to Poughkeepsie.
Center for Performing Arts in Rhinebeck
The Center at 661 Rt. 308, presents “Celtic Heels Irish Dance” at 11 a.m. on March 5. Joan McGrenaghan and her performing troupe have delighted audiences for two decades! Enjoy Jigs, Reels and Hornpipes choreographed to energetic, hand-clapping, toe-tapping instrumentals. Part of The Center's Saturday Morning Family Series, the event will be a memorable theatrical experience for all ages. Tickets are $9 for adults, $7 for children and seniors. For more information, call 845-876-3080 or visit the Center's website.
From March 18-20, the Center will be presenting "Solas an Lae," a "celebratory imaginative show revealing possibilities, hopes and dreams," according to the tourism department. The performance features vibrant, talented and highly trained dancers interpreting the “Solas An Lae” American-Irish dance form. The diverse musical score features innovative & traditional Celtic composers and musicians. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, March 18 and March 19, Saturday, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 20. Tickets are $20.
Darby O’Gill’s at 3969 Albany Post Road., Hyde Park, serves up fine Irish food all day long (Irish nachos?), starting at 11 a.m. Hear live music from Adrian O’Leary from 1-4 p.m. and Eric Banger and the Mashers from 6–9 p.m. Doors open at 6 a.m. and the breakfast buffet is served until 9 a.m. Taps open at 8 a.m. Quench your thirst with green beer, Guinness and fine Irish whiskies. For more information, visit the restaurant's website or call 845-229-6662.
Hyde Park Brewing Company Restaurant & Brewery
The Brewery at 4076 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, dishes up traditional Irish fare on St. Patrick’s Day and plenty of food, drink and, of course, beer specials all weekend long. There will be no covers during the entire weekend. Moon Coin is to play live Irish music from 6-9 p.m. For more information, visit the brewery's website or call 845-229-TAPS (8277).
Mahoney's Irish Pub & Steak House
Mahoney's Irish Pub & Steak House at 35 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, has an entire calendar of St. Patrick's Day events scheduled in March. They include:
- Wednesday, March 16: 6:45pm seating, Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre!
- Thursday, March 17: Vassar Room All Day, Mike McColvin from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Vince Fisher from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Mick Lynch and, from 2 p.m. - 10 a.m., hear The McCana Brothers.
- Friday, March 18: 5 p.m. - 9 p.m., live music from Kevin Kennedy and, from DJ Parag from 10 p.m. - 4 a.m.
They’ve been celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at River Station all month, and they’re not about to let up now. Try “the best corned beef in the valley,” Irish stew, shepherd’s pie, beef stew w/Guinness stout, and more. River Station also will be hosting a St. Patty's Day party with $25/person admission, which includes an “all you can eat buffet and beer.” The event run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Proceeds go to the Ryan McElroy Foundation to fight children’s cancer. River STation is located at 1 N. Water Street, Poughkeepsie. For more information, call 845-452-9207 or visit River Station's website.
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
The church at 806 Traver Road, Pleasant Valley will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Irish Dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. The event will feature traditional corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, carrots and Irish soda bread and costs $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and $7 for children ages 6-10. Children under 6 and seniors over 90 eat for free. Reservations are not necessary. Along with dinner, there’s a silent auction and raffles. The parish hall is handicapped accessible.
Towne Crier Cafe
Finish your St. Patrick's Day celebration with the Clancy Tradition at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at 379 Main St., Beacon. The Clancy Tradition is a fun, talented Irish family band with Eugene & Pat Clancy, along with a daughter & son on fiddle, bass and accordion. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. for more information, call 845-855-1300 or visit the Towne Crier's website.
For complete details of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day events in Dutchess, visit dutchesstourism.com.
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