Get Your Irish On

It’s that time of year again in the 716 where we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!  You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy these fun activities. Whether you want to celebrate by enjoying a show, seeing some Irish Dancers, or getting into shenanigans and downing a pint (or two), these ideas are great for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Eagle House

Deemed the oldest Restaurant in Erie County, The Eagle House surely knows how to celebrate any occasion. And they definitely know how to get the St. Patrick’s Day party started! Enjoy the sights and sounds of Irish Dancers from Clann Na Cara on March 14th at 5:00 PM at The Eagle House. It’s the perfect way to start your weekend of Irish celebrations.

The talented members of Clann Na Cara keep Irish traditions alive

Frost/ Nixon is playing until March 24th

Irish Classical Theatre

The Irish are known for having a flare for the dramatics. And what better place to witness that then the Irish Classical Theatre? You can enjoy The Irish Classical Theatre Company’s rendition of Frost/ Nixon now until March 24th. You can see a complete list of dates for this show here. They are having a fundraiser with 10,000 Maniacs performing as well, so check it out!

Brickyard Brewing Company

The Brickyard Brewing Company and Brickyard BBQ in Lewiston knows how to celebrate especially when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day. On Saturday March 16th at 4:00 the party really starts at BBC with drink and food specials all night long. Don’t miss the Tim Britt band at 5:00 and DJ Ryan Henderson at 9:00. Dance, sing and drink until you’re Irish!

You never know what you might see at BBC on St. Patrick’s Day!

Enjoy cold drinks and Irish fare at Gene McCarthy’s/ OFW Brewing Company

Gene McCarthy’s/ Old First Ward Brewing Company

While we understand that there’s more to St. Patrick’s Day than just drinking, there really is no place to celebrate the holiday quite like a good old-fashioned Irish Pub. Wash down traditional Irish fare with a beer at Gene McCarthy’s after the “Old Neighborhood Parade” on March 16th at noon. You can find out more about the “Old Neighborhood Parade” here.

Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Speaking of parades, after the Old Neighborhood Parade on Saturday, check out Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday March 17th. This is one of the Nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Start with mass at 10:30 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral (You might  have something to confess after all that fun at Gene McCarthy’s and the BBC yesterday…) or begin the march down Delaware at 2:00 PM. This parade will have Irish Dancers, bands, and local organizations. This is a free and fun way for everyone to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Buffalo!

A sea of green can be seen at Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day parade

Conclusion

Irish immigrants were amongst this area’s earliest and most tenacious settlers. They helped to make Buffalo what it is today with their contributions in industry during the 19th century and to the overall culture. Furthermore, today we celebrate those contributions whether those individuals were our ancestors or not. You certainly do not have to be Irish to join the hooley and enjoy all the St. Patrick’s Day shenanigans that the 716 has to offer. Have a pint, and remember: Sláinte!