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Top 10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Where are you spending St. Patrick’s Day?  You’ll feel lucky as a leprechaun when you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at any of these events and great places in Dutchess County!

  1. Dutchess County St. Patrick’s Day Parade - Wappingers Falls
    The largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dutchess County attracts and delights over 10,000 spectators!  Held each year on the first Saturday in March, this parade steps off at 1pm and winds its way through the village of Wappingers Falls.  With over 3000 marching participants, your family and friends are sure to have a great time enjoying marching bands, floats, and more. Be sure to catch a glimpse of St. Patrick himself as he marches by!  Held rain or shine.
  2. St. Patrick’s Parade of Green in Beacon - Beacon 
    Celebrate the “Wearing of the Green” at Beacon’s annual Parade of Green. Love, laughter and Irish Blessings line Main Street Beacon when this parade steps off at 11am on the 2nd Saturday in March. Be sure to proudly wear your green! 
    Beacon Parade of Green / Facebook
  3. Paddy on the River St. Patrick’s Day Celebration - Poughkeepsie
    What better way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in true Irish fashion than with an all afternoon party next to the beautiful Hudson River!  Feast on traditional Irish foods, lift a cold one and groove along to four rockin’ bands.  This huge, annual party takes place the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day in Waryas Park, located at the foot of Main Street, Poughkeepsie, on the beautiful Hudson River.  Convenient, easy access from Metro-North Poughkeepsie train station. Admission. 
  4. Mahoney’s Irish Pub & Steakhouse - Poughkeepsie  
    It’s not just St. Patrick’s Day…it’s St. Patrick’s Week at Mahoney’s!  It’s the biggest celebration of the year at this traditional Irish pub with good food and authentic Irish hospitality!  On the big day itself, festivities kick off bright and early at 6am.  Things get a wee bit lively with traditional Irish music, bag pipers, Irish Step Dancers, and delicious food and drink.  Safe Ride available.
  5. Juan Murphy’s - Poughkeepsie 
    Sure, it’s an Irish pub, but one that proudly serves “Mexican grub”!  For a truly unique spin on the holiday, enjoy the warmth and friendliness of a tradition Irish pub with the diverse and delicious flavors of Mexico.  We like The Dubliner: grilled pastrami, caramelized onions, melted Irish cheddar and ale mustard on grilled rye, and have been known to make more than one trip to the taco bar!  Live music on the weekends.  Safe Ride available.
  6. Traghaven Whiskey Pub - Tivoli  
    Known for its Irish public house vibe,  Traghaven is home to the largest selection of Irish whiskey in the country. And of course, eats and other drinks too. Enjoy live music, pub play-readings, weekly trivia and the occasional Hootenany…and lots of whiskey!  
  7. Towne Crier Cafe - Beacon 
    A perfect way to cap off your celebration of all things Irish is with live music at the Town Crier Café.  An Irish band is always featured on St. Patrick’s Day. Come early for dinner, or closer to show time for drinks and dessert.   Music begins at 8:30pm. Tickets available for purchase online.
  8. Darby O’Gills - Hyde Park  
    What are waffle fries with bacon, melted cheese and sour cream? Irish nachos, of course!  Darby O’Gills serves up fine Irish food all day long, for eat in or take out.  Live music in the afternoon and evening. Quench your thirst with green beer, Guiness and fine Irish whiskies. Darby O’Gills says, “Everyone is welcome to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us!”
  9. River Station Restaurant - Poughkeepsie
    River Station celebrates St. Patrick’s Day all month long!  Try “the best corned beef in the valley”, Irish stew, Shepards Pie, beef stew with Guiness stout and more.  Don’t forget their “All you can eat buffet and beer” on the big day itself.  riverstationrest.com
  10. Joe’s Irish Pub - Beacon 
    A no frills, pitchers and pool table kind of place, where you can indulge in satisfying bar food. Shoot a game of darts, listen to live music on the weekends, and enjoy the perfect pint.

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