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March 17, 2010
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St. Patrick’s Day 2010: Seven Ways to Celebrate

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Speakeasy presents seven ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day is here, but there’s more to it than parades.

Here are seven ideas on how to celebrate the day in New York City and nationally.

  • “Starch before you march.” Enjoy complimentary Irish breakfast at Ulysses Folk Club. 95 Pearl Street- 80 Stone Street, New York City, 8:30 a.m.  - 10 a.m.
  • Must march? Find your parade nationwide at
  • The group Altan, led by sweet-voiced fiddler Maireád Ní Mhaonaigh, are celebrating their 25th year ; their U.S. tour continues through March 28. For info go here.
  • Rock out to Black 47’s annual St. Pat’s concert at B.B. King’s. The group’s latest album is “Bankers and Gangsters” and frontman Larry Kirwan just published his novel “Rockin’ the Bronx”, too. 237 West 42nd St., New York City, 7 p.m.
  • How about Mexican music on St. Pat’s Day? Let us explain.  The Chieftains new album “San Patricio” tells of the Saint Patrick’s Brigade (San Patricios) who fought for Mexico during the Mexican-American war.
  • Have a drink with Stephen Rea! The Irish actor is offering the audience at the Atlantic Theater, where he performs in Sam Shepard’s “Ages of the Moon,” a shot of Woodford’s bourbon (which the characters drink on stage) “because of the day that’s in it.”  335 West 20th St., New York City.
  • Avoid the crowds and stay home: Two PBS specials showcase Irish music: “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling: An Irish Parade of Stars,” with clips of vintage footage, hosted by Patty Duke, and “Music of Ireland: Welcome Home”, with interviews of Irish musicians conducted by Clannad songstress Moya Brennan. Check local listings.
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