Irish eyes will be smiling. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Eastern CT.

It’s the luck of the Irish–and everyone else who loves to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day–that eastern Connecticut has awesome parades, pubs and grub in honor of everyone’s favorite green holiday.

Parades:
New London’s fifth annual St. Patrick’s Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17 on Jay Street in New London.

The Mystic Irish Parade will rock the town with the help of the international superstar rock band Black 47. The band’s political style and Irish roots (led by an Irish singer, author and playwright) makes their music a force to be reckoned with. The parade will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Over 2,000 marchers will take part in the festivities, and 25,000 people are expected downtown. This is one of Mystic’s most popular events.

Pubs:
Hanafin’s Pub in New London will help you celebrate. This local favorite is sure to have one of the best parties around, so stop by after the parade.

Harp & Dragon Pub in Norwich is another great place for authentic Irish vibes. 

If you’re in Niantic, The Black Sheep is the Irish pub of choice, perfect for a Guinness or two.

And Mystic’s Harp and Hound can make you feel like you’re in Ireland itself. Any one of these places, depending on which area you’re in, is an awesome spot to be Irish (or celebrate in even if you are not).

Want to get in the mood early? Check out another great Irish band, the Dropkick Murphys, at Mohegan Sun on March 10.

If you want to get in shape before you spend the day drinking green beer and eating corned beef and cabbage, check out the Courthouse O’Putnam 5K in the Quiet Corner on March 11. Race ends at the Courthouse Bar & Grille with an Irish celebration, complete with costumes.

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