Above: Delhi's St. Patrick's Day parade. Photo via the parade's organizers.
It’s a gray and drizzly St. Patrick’s Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate. Festivities celebrating the Irish continue all this week in the Catskills.
A few St. Pat’s events take place today:
Gavin’s Irish Country Inn in East Durham in Greene County will be celebrating all day long on St. Patrick’s Day itself, Tuesday, March 17, with a Irish pub fare and a three-course dinner with their own homemade Irish bread, leading up to a fine evening shindig with the Brothers Flynn Band and the Farrell School of Irish Dancing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
St. Paddy’s at New World Home Cooking in Saugerties is a grand old Ulster County tradition. On Tuesday, March 17, chef Ric Orlando will be cooking up his from-scratch Irish trad specials, and you can jig up a storm to the sounds of Spatter The Mud from 6 p.m until 9:30 p.m.
In Delaware County on Saturday, March 21, Delhi gets its Irish on in a big way for the fifth annual Delhi St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Besides the floats and fire trucks (there’s a $250 prize for best float) they’ll have a trio of great pipe bands, Irish dancers from the Damhsa Beatha troupe, and a pipers’ concert at Courthouse Square after the marching’s done.
After being postponed from last weekend, the annual village of Tannersville St. Patrick's Parade will be stepping off down Main Street at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. They’ll wind up at Village Hall for awards and live music, and there will be refreshments served at The Spinning Room across the street.
At the Center for the Performing Arts in Bethel, come hear the man the New York Times has dubbed “Irish America’s Favorite Son” on Saturday, March 21. Andy Cooney, fresh from a sold-out turn at Lincoln Center, will sing Irish favorites, followed by Girsa, six ladies who “bring a creative mix of fiddle, accordion, banjo, tin whistle, bodhran, guitar and piano” to their splendid interpretation of the Irish sound. Doors open 6:30 p.m., music’s at 7 p.m., and there will be feasting.