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Posted: March 12, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Guide 2014

Written by: Shannon Bryan - editor -

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 all weekend and Monday.

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Shamrock Shuffle Pub Crawl and Scavenger Hunt

11 am Saturday to 1 am Sunday | The Old Port, Portland | $25 |
Consider this your St. Patrick’s Day warm-up. PortSports Social Club is hosting an all-day pub crawl and scavenger hunt, with drink and food specials, prizes for costumes and promises of “weird swag.” Tour the city to spread St. Patrick’s Day spirit (and drink responsibly!). // more info

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Portland St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Noon Sunday | Commercial Street, Portland | Free |
Commercial Street goes green on Sunday! The Irish American Club honors their patron saint and the Irish-American community in Greater Portland with an annual parade. Expect pipe bands, Irish stepdancers, local dignitaries and the flags of all the counties of Ireland. // more info

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St. Patrick’s Day Plunge

5:30 am Monday | East End Beach, Portland | raise donations |
Plunge for good! All donations will benefit the Children’s Burn Foundation. Afterwards, all participating plungers can head to RiRa for a free breakfast buffet and a charity auction. That water might be cold, but bodies are quickly warmed with Guinness.

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Bath Blarney Days

Friday through Sunday | downtown Bath | most events are free | 442-7291 |
Blarney Days are back with four days of festivities, including a 5K Shamrock Sprint, a parade, a tug-o-war contest, an Irish soda bread contest, Blarney pub crawl, Irish poetry reading, live music, and celebrations at downtown pubs and restaurants. // more info

Customers make their way into Brian Boru just after 6 am in 2013. We like your enthusiasm, folks. Press Herald file photo

Brian Boru St. Patrick’s Day

Starting at 6 am | Brian Boru Public House, Portland | no cover |
Opening at 6 am for Irish breakfast! Live music and festivities all day, including Sean Sheerins, The Pubcrawlers, Jason Spooner Band and Captain Ray and The Castaways. Appearances by the Maine Guns &amp | Hose Drum Corps., Stillson School Irish stepdancers, and poetry readings. // more info

Bull Feeney’s St. Patrick’s Day

Starting at 6 am, Bull Feeney’s, Portland | no cover |
There will be live music and revelry upstairs and downstairs throughout the day at Bull Feeney’s. The day kicks off at 7 am, and performers including Tom and Don Celtic Duo, traditional Irish music from The Press Gang, and Irish sing-a-long with Dave Rowe, Celtic rock and folk from Rum Roit and more. // more info

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St. Patrick’s Day at RiRa

Starting at 6 am | RiRa Irish Pub, Portland | no cover |
Doors open at 6 am, 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, starting with Boghat at 8 am and bagpipers at 11 am North of Nashville plays from 8 pm to 1 am.

The Squid Jiggers live recording

7:30 pm Friday and Saturday | Freeport Theater of Awesome, Freeport | $12/$15 |
Dave and Troy are taking over the Freeport Theater of Awesome for two nights on St. Patrick’s Day weekend to record a live album. They need your voice to make it complete. Everyone who buys a ticket will receive a coupon good for a free copy of the record when it comes out later in the year.

St. Patrick’s Celebration

12:15-2 pm Friday | South Portland Community Center, South Portland | $12 |
Description Come and join in on our St. Pat’s celebration with our annual visit from The Stillson School of Dance, of Gorham! They will delight you with colorful costumes, lively dance and music! The school is the only accredited professional Irish Dance Group in the State of Maine | winning many competitions! Lunch includes a hearty Irish stew, a variety of breads, beverages and dessert.

Cheering at the starting line of Mary’s Walk in Saco. There’s cheering at the finish line, too. Press Herald file photo

Mary’s Walk & Kerrymen Pub 5k

Noon Sunday | Starts at Thornton Academy, Saco | raise donations |
Mary’s Walk is held in conjunction with the Kerrymen Pub 5K and has raised over $1.8 million for the Maine Cancer Foundation. After your speedy run or spirited walk, head over to Kerrymen Pub for awards and a bunch of food (and hey, if you end up inside for a pint and some live music, no one will judge).

St. Patrick’s Day at Kerrymen Pub

Starting at 2 pm Monday | Kerrymen Pub, Saco | no cover |
The live entertainment at Kerrymen Pub starts at 2 pm with Kids at Play. At 5:30 pm, John Daggert on Bag Pipes and at 6 pm Stolen Mojo will rock the night away.

Traditional Irish Music

6-7:30 pm Monday | Harlow Gallery, Hallowell | Free |
Local musicians Adam Soosman, William Fahy (with special guests?) will perform traditional Irish music with Irish tin whistles, Irish flute, recorder, and other woodwinds, to celebrate the holiday. The performance will also include select pieces from other European and American cultures and traditions.

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