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Every bar in the country becomes an Irish Pub on March 17th! Start your day with kegs and eggs, take in a St. Patrick’s Day parade, try green beer and drink specials around town, get your fill of corned beef and cabbage, and enjoy some great Irish music to top off your celebration. Private air charters make it easy to join in all the top St. Patrick’s Day festivities around the U.S.
The holiday has been celebrated by North Americans since the late 18th century, primarily due to a large population of Irish-Americans. There was mass emigration from Ireland to America starting in the 1600s, and nearly 35 million Americans, or 11% of our population, now claim Irish heritage. That’s 7 times the total population of Ireland! One of the largest Irish-American populations is in Massachusetts (23%), which makes Boston one of the best St. Patrick’s Day destinations. Here are our suggestions for Boston and elsewhere.
Getting there: Private air charters to General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport (BOS) will treat you to a spectacular view over Boston Harbor when your private jet approaches. Simply “Logan” to locals, it’s the busiest airport on the northeastern seaboard and one of the busiest in the nation.
Top o’ the mornin’: You’ll need some energy to get through the weekend, and something nutritious to soak up that green beer you’ll be drinking, so chow down on a full Irish breakfast, which includes Irish sausage, Irish bacon, black & white pudding, and Irish beans. Try the acclaimed Corrib Pub (396 Market St., Brighton (617) 787-0882), Matt Murphy’s (14 Harvard St, Brookline (617) 232-0188, The Burren Pub 247 Elm Street, Davis Square, Somerville (617) 776-6896, Doyle’s Cafe (3484 Washington St., Jamaica Plain (617) 524-2345), or Flann O’Brien’s (1619 Tremont Street, Boston (617) 566.7744).
Spend the day: Join more than half a million Bostonians and visitors at the 113th St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston on Sunday, March 16th. This is the nation’s longest-running public parade, since 1737. It begins at 1:00 PM at the MBTA station on West Broadway and finishes at Andrew Square. Stake out your spot somewhere along Broadway early in the day to enjoy the 2 1/2 hour parade which features floats and pipe bands and marching bands from throughout the U.S. and Ireland. Like most things in Boston, it’s best to take public transportation instead of your car because parking is limited and/or expensive.
If parades aren’t your cup of tea, check out the festivities at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England (200 New Boston Drive, Canton, MA, (781) 821-8291). They’ll be celebrating all weekend long with Irish music, dancing and great food, and are hosting the popular Irish Set Dancing from 7:30PM to 9:30PM on St. Patrick’s Day.
Hearty Grub & Spirits: James’s Gate (5-11 McBride St., Jamaica Plain (617) 983-2000), The Kinsale Irish Pub & Restaurant (2 Center Plaza, Boston (617) 742-5577), Grafton Street (1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge (617) 497-0400), and the Druid Pub (1357 Cambridge St, Inman Square, Cambridge (617-497-0965) all have a full slate of Irish food specialties, live music and other festivities planned through the weekend.
Getting there: Avoid the congestion of New York’s three major airports (JFK, LGA and EWR) by booking private air charters in and out of Westchester County Airport (HPN). Located just 33 miles north of Manhattan, HPN serves the New York metropolitan area.
Top o’ the mornin’: Start the day at Maggie Reilly’s (340 9th Ave, New York (646) 476-3209), Dublin 6 (575 Hudson St, West Village, New York (646) 638-2900), or Lillie’s Victorian Bar & Restaurant (13 E 17th St, New York (212) 337-1970) will fix you right up.
Spend the day: Stake out a spot at the 253rd New York City Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on 5th Avenue between 44th Street and 79th Street. It will start at at 11:00AM on Monday, March 17th, will include officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland for the first time this year. It usually takes five-hours for the entire parade to pass by. If you’re planning to party to while away the time, head for the bars in the 50s along 2nd Avenue to celebrate. Try to get there early because, by afternoon, the bars will already have lines going out the door.
Hearty Grub & Spirits: McSorley’s Old Ale House (15 E 7th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave., New York (212) 473-9148), Molly’s Shebeen (287 3rd Ave. between 22nd and 23rd St., New York (212) 889-3361), Donovan’s Pub (57-24 Roosevelt Ave., Queens (718) 429-9339), Paddy Reilly’s Music Bar (519 2nd Ave. at 29th St., New York (212) 686-1210), and The Landmark Tavern (626 11th Avenue at 46th St., New York (212) 247-2562) are long-time favorite with locals for their Irish food, Guinness, music and authentic atmosphere. They’ll definitely make you feel Irish!
Getting there: Cleveland offers plenty of convenient private air charters. Fly private into Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE), Cuyahoga County Airport (CGF), or Burke Lakefront Airport (BKL). Each one is within 12 miles of downtown and will put you right in the middle of the city’s festivities.
Top o’ the mornin’: Try the heart breakfasts at Around the Corner (18616 Detroit Ave., Lakewood (216) 521-4413), Claddagh (25389 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst (216) 691-0534), Flannery’s Pub (323 E. Prospect Ave., Cleveland (216) 781-7782), or Paddy Rock (16700 Lorain Ave, Cleveland (216) 938-9646).
Spend the day: Cleveland’s been celebrating its Irish heritage since 1867 when the annual Cleveland Saint Patrick’s Day Parade began. It used to be held on the West Side with its larger Irish population, but grew big enough to be moved to downtown Cleveland, and now attracts more than 500,000 spectators. No matter the day of the week, the parade is always held on March 17th. It stretches along Superior Avenue from E. 18th Street to Public Square. This year’s event starts at 1:04PM.
Cleveland also offers a variety of Irish music on Monday and throughout the weekend, including the city’s own Irish-Celtic punk band, The Boys from Country Hell, a Pogue’s tribute band, who will be performing at Flannery’s Pub (323 E. Prospect Ave., Cleveland (216) 781-7782) at 1 p.m. Monday and at The Harp (4408 Detroit Ave., Cleveland (216) 939-0200) at 9 p.m. (and elsewhere from Friday through Sunday). Others include the Celtic folk, country and blues trio, Brigid’s Cross, and the classically Celtic Portersharks. Look for them around town.
Hearty Grub & Spirits: There will be no shortage of green bagels and beer as well as corned beef & cabbage, Irish stew and other specialties for St. Patrick’s Day at places like Greenisland Irish Restaurant & Pub (25517 Eaton Way, off Columbia Road, Bay Village (440) 250-9086), Market Garden Brewery (1947 W 25th St. [Ohio City], Cleveland (216) 621-4000), Flat Iron Café (1114 Center St., Cleveland (216) 696-6968), and P.J. McIntyre’s Irish Pub (17119 Lorain Ave, Cleveland (216) 941-9311).
They say everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so why not have some fun with it? Private air charters to Boston, New York, Cleveland, and the many other cities around the country that celebrate the holiday in fine style, is far more convenient than flying commercially. Call Charter Flight Group today at (888) 634.7449. We’ll give you unbeatable charter flight prices, world-class service, safety, comfort, and help you plan your fun St. Patrick’s Day weekend!