St. Patrick’s Day Events

The 39th Annual Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown, March 16, 12:30pm

The 39th Annual Rochester St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Downtown, March 16, 12:30pm


by Susan Mary Margaret Dunne Cannon

I say it every year…this is my favorite holiday!  In our home, St Patrick’s Day finds the entire extended family and dear friends gathered together.  The sound of Celtic music and the smell of Irish cooking fill the air, and all is well with the world.  We, however, are not the only ones celebrating St. Patty’s Day.

Take a look around you – there are parties scheduled at nearly every club and pub – complete with ethnic food, terrific music, Guinness and green beer!  Rochester will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 16; but the fun is hardly confined to just a day or two.  In fact, it goes on for more than a week and provides concert, Irish theatre, dancing and more.  Check it out…

On March 8:

•Roberts Wesleyan College at 2301 Westside Drive presents a special concert titled WOMEN OF IRELAND featuring talented young female artists from Ireland – singing, dancing and playing traditional instruments.  For details, see our Coming to Town section.  (585-594-6000)

On March 9:

•A ST. PADDY’S PARTY at Holy Trinity Church, 1456 Ridge Road in Webster will feature the TULLAMORE CELTIC BAND and the YOUNG SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE.  The family-oriented event offers Corned Beef & Shepherd’s Pie dinners, adult beverages and more.  (585-265-1616)

The Pipes & Drums of the Black Watch @ Nazareth College Arts Center, Mrch 15

The Pipes & Drums of the Black Watch @ Nazareth College Arts Center, Mrch 15

On March 9 & 10:

• Downstairs Cabaret Theatre at 20 Windsor Street, presents FLANAGAN’S WAKE on stage – a place where you’ll join the citizens of Grapplin, Ireland as they pay their respects to the dearly departed Flanagan.  Details on this production can be found in our Theatre section.  (585-325-4370)

On March 10:

•An “Eastman @ Albion Courthouse Square Concert” at the First Presbyterian Church of Albion, 29 E. State Street, will feature traditional instruments and THE MUSIC OF IRELAND with the ALBION HIGH SCHOOL BAND and THE TULLAMORE CELTIC BAND.  (585-589-7220)

•The BOLAND SCHOOL OF IRISH DANCE performs at 3 and 4 p.m. in Patricia F. Hale Gallery at the Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Avenue.  (585-697-1942)

On March 13:

•Finger Lakes Community College at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive in Canandaigua will host the DADY BROTHERS at 5 p.m., followed by a CELTIC MUSIC WORKSHOP at 7p.m.  There will even be samples of Irish foods at this event!  (585-785-1335)

•The Irish Celtic-punk band THE TOSSERS, headline a show at the Club @ Water Street, 204 N. Water Street.  See our Coming to Town section for full details.  (585-325-5600)

On March 14:

•A program titled “WHEN IRISH ARE SMILING” will be presented during a Thursday Lunchtime Concert in the Eastman @ Washington Square series. Starting at 12:15 p.m. in the First Universalist Church, located at South Clinton and Court Street, the performance features MITZIE COLLINS and THE STRIKING STRINGS HAMMERED DULCIMER ENSEMBLE.  There is free admission to this one, and you’re welcome to bring a lunch.  (585-274-1400)

On March 15:

•The streets of Rochester along the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Route will be getting all decked out at 11:30 a.m. – starting at the Radisson Riverside, 120 E. Main Street – during the annual PAINTING OF THE GREEN ceremony.  (585-234-5167)

•An elegant evening of dinner, dancing and entertainment is planned at the Riverside Convention Center, 123 E. Main Street during the 2013 ST. PATRICK’S DAY GALA. The black tie optional night supports the programs and services of Catholic Family Center.  Visit www.cfrochester.org/gala.

•The PIPES AND DRUMS OF BLACK WATCH can be heard at the Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Avenue, complete with performances by the Royal Regiments of Scotland and the Band of the Scots Guards.  See our Coming to Town section for details.  (585-389-2170)

The Tartan Terrors @ The Smith Opera House in Geneva, March

The Tartan Terrors @ The Smith Opera House in Geneva, March

On March 15 & 16:

•One of the original Irish Tenors, JOHN McDERMOTT, is in town to perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Jeff Tyzik.  See our Coming to Town section for further information.  (585-454-2100)

On March 15, 16 & 17:

•Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, a musical that follows a Dublin bus conductor and his amateur theatre troupe is being performed at the First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South.  Details on this production, A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE, can be found in our Theatre section.  (www.showclix.com/event/amanofnoimportance)

On March 15 thru 30:

•IS LIFE WORTH LIVING? will be performed by The Irish Players – a program of the Rochester Community Players – at MuCCC Theatre, 142 Atlantic Avenue.  For more information on this 1933 play, see our Theatre section.  (585-234-7840)

On March 16:

•Hey, fans of St. Patrick’s Day!  Rochester is a great place to be today…there’s so much to celebrate!  The annual ST. PATRICK’S DAY MASS starts at 9 a.m. in St. Mary’s Church, 15 St. Mary’s Place.  JOHNNY’S RUNNING OF THE GREEN, a five mile race, starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square; and the RAISING OF THE FLAGS CEREMONY will be at 10:30 a.m. at the County Office Building, 39 W. Main Street.   Then, the 39th annual ROCHESTER ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE starts at East and Alexander at 12:30 p.m.; complete with marching bands, Irish dancers, Leprechauns and more.  This year’s Grand Marshall, by the way, is none other than John Savino of Johnny’s Irish Pub.  Meanwhile, the Radisson Riverside Hotel at 120 E. Main Street, hosts a CELTIC FAMILY FAIRE from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  The indoor family festival features Irish musicians, dancer, storytellers and fun for all ages.  (585-234-5167)

On March 16 & 17:

•The Cobblestone Farm Winery’s ST. PATRICK’S IRISH WEEKEND features fine wines and complimentary Irish fare – Irish stew, potato leek soup, and scones.  You can even toast the day with green wine!  It all takes place at 5102 State Route 89 along the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail in Romulus NY.  Call (315) 549-8797.

On March 17:

•One of North America’s premiere Celtic acts, the TARTAN TERRORS, will be at the Smith Opera House, 82 Seneca Street in Geneva, on St. Patrick’s Day itself.  For details, see our Coming to Town section.  (315-781-5483)

•The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival offers MUSIC AT THE CASTLE at Belhurst, 4069 Route 14 South in Geneva NY.  The concert will feature NYC tenor Michael Slattery under the direction of Artistic Director Richard Auldon Clark.  There will be a brunch, a concert titled “IRISH AIRS AND DANCES” and a dessert reception to follow.  (315-536-4145)

On March 23:

•The DADY BROTHERS – John and Joe – will be featured with THE CRAWDIDDIES and the WINDSOR FOLK FAMILY at Rochester Christian Reformed Church, 2750 Atlantic Avenue.  The concert is part of a “March Music Madness “ event for the entire family.  (www.goldenlink.org)

On March 27:

•It may be a few days after St. Patrick’s Day; but if you’re one of those people who just can’t let the fun stop; then you can keep the party going with a performance by CELTIC WOMAN at our Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street.  Featuring five popular performers – four vocalists and one fiddler – this show is considered by many to offer the very best of Celtic entertainment available today.  (585-222-5000)

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