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Posted: March 10, 2015

St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2015: Celebrate the Irish in Maine

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Celebrate Ireland, Irish food, Irish drink, and Irish-Americans this St. Patrick’s Day. There’s plenty of Irish music and revelry at Irish pubs around southern Maine, as well as the annual St. Patrick’s Day Plunge, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Shamrock Shuffle bar crawl and scavenger hunt, Blarney Days and plenty more going on over the weekend and on St. Patrick’s Day Tuesday. Tuesday? Yea, Tuesday.


Shamrock Shuffle Pub Crawl and Scavenger Hunt

10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. Multiple locations, downtown Portland. $20, 21-plus.
Don a costume, grab your camera phone and get ready for some serious St. Patty’s shenanigans. For the fourth consecutive year, Port Sports Social Club presents a nine hour party that involves nine bars and a photo scavenger hunt. It is as fun as it sounds.

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Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Noon Sunday, Commercial Street, from the Fish Pier to the Ferry Terminal, Portland. 310-8575
Deck yourself out in everything green that you own and head to Portland’s waterfront for the Irish American Club’s annual St. Patrick’s Parade. This year’s parade features the Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band, the Maine Public Safety Pipe & Drum, Irish dancing from members of the Stillson School of Irish Dance and much more. It culminates with a rally at Bell Buoy Park followed by a reception at the Maine Irish Heritage Center at 34 Gray St.

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St. Patrick’s Day Plunge

5:30 am Tuesday | East End Beach, Portland (after party at Ri Ra) | Raise donations |
Plunge for good! All donations will benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation. Afterwards, all participating plungers can head to Ri Ra for a free breakfast buffet and a charity auction. And beer! That water might be cold, but bodies are quickly warmed with Guinness.

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Bath Blarney Days

Thursday-Tuesday, Main Street, Bath.
The City of Bath spends six days celebrating all things Irish with their annual Bath Blarney Days. Starting on Thursday and going through St. Patrick’s Day you’ll find everything from live music, wine tastings, a road race, pub crawl and of course a big parade on Tuesday.

St. Patrick’s Family Fun Day

All day Saturday, Saddleback Ski Area, Rangeley.
Bundle up and hit the road to Rangeley. Upon arrival head to Shamrock Central in the lobby of the base lodge to get the full lowdown on activities for this year’s St. Patrick’s Family Fun Day. There will be kid-friendly activities throughout the day with awards, prizes and giveaways. Everyone can participate in the search for the hidden “pot of gold” somewhere on the mountain. Find it and you’ll win a 2015-16 season pass.


3 p.m. Sunday, West Kennebunk United Methodist Church, 106 Alfred Road. Suggested donation $15, $10 for seniors and youth. 985-2381
The Concerts in West K series invites you for an afternoon of Irish traditional music from Fodhla. You’ll hear flutist Nicole Rabata, fiddler Ellery Klein and guitarist Bethany Waickman. The trio is based in Portland and Boston and have played at the Boston Celtic Music Festival, the Belfast Celtic Festival and the Saltwater Music Festival.

Tales and Songs of Old Ireland

7 p.m. Monday. Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland. $9 suggested donations.
The Seanachie Nights series of spoken word and musical performances invites you to an evening of Irish wit, humor and tunes. You’ll hear tales, ballads and songs from Ireland courtesy of Lynne Cullen, Janet Lynch, Kurt Kish and Jackson Gillman. The show will also include visits to Faerie and Purgatory, grumpy Irish saints and more.

Irish Music Concert

7 p.m. Tuesday, Harlow Gallery, 160 Water St., Hallowell. Free.
Irish – and every other kind of eyes – will be smiling on St. Patty’s night with a concert of Irish music by locals Adam Soosman, Seth Pilsbury, William Fahy and Anna Shaab. You’ll hear plenty of tin whistle, flute, mandolin, recorder and fiddle played on both traditional Irish tunes and pieces from other European and American cultures

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Irish Breakfast at Brian Boru

Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Brian Boru Public House, Portland. No cover.
Opening at 6 a.m. for Irish breakfast! Live music and festivities all day.

Irish Breakfast at Bull Feeney’s

Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Bull Feeney’s, Portland. No cover.
There will be live music and revelry upstairs and downstairs throughout the day at Bull Feeney’s. Irish breakfast starts at 6 a.m. and the music line-up ranges from classic and folk rock to bagpipes, pipe and drum corps and Irish sing-a-longs. Bonus: Staff in kilts.

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St. Patrick’s Day at Ri Ra

Starting at 6 am | Ri Ra Irish Pub, Portland | no cover |
Doors open at 6 a.m., and while participants in the St. Patrick’s Day Plunge will be rewarded with a free buffet breakfast, non plungers can still order an Irish meal the old fashioned way. There will be live music all day and plenty of Irish pub food.

St. Patrick’s Day at Kerrymen Pub

Starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Kerrymen Pub, Saco. No cover.
The live entertainment at Kerrymen Pub starts at 2 p.m.


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