May The Road Ride Up to Meet You in Western Mass

March is Irish Heritage Month and in Western Mass we have plenty of ways to celebrate!

st. pats parade

Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade:

It’s back after a 2 year hiatus!  One of the largest and most notable St. Patrick’s celebrations in the US is right here in Holyoke.  Get in the St. Patty’s Day spirit with marching bands, Mummer’s and floats on March 20th but get your spot along the parade route early!  The parade kicks off at 11 a.m. and roads start to close about one hour prior to that. For more information and a handy parade map click here.

road race

St. Patrick’s Day Road Race:

Start your celebration off with a 10K run through the hills of Holyoke with thousands of your closest and soon-to-be-closest friends.  It’s a tough one but there are thousands of well-wishers and plenty of bands along the course to keep your spirits up.  The Race kicks off at 1 p.m. and wraps up with one of the best city-wide celebrations in Western Mass!  Get your race bib here.


Yankee Candle:

Celebrate all things green with their collection of St. Patrick’s Day candles and accessories including ‘Lucky Shamrock’ and ‘Emerald Isle’.  Top off your visit by raising a glass at the Powder Hollow Brewery right on the Yankee Candle Village campus.

irish cultural ctr

What better place to celebrate Irish heritage than the Irish Cultural Center of New England?  They’re featuring Irish dance, live music and a great selection of Irish spirits and beers at Trinity Pub.

What’s more traditional than an Irish Feast in the month of March?!  Western Mass has plenty of options for dining in or take-out including Munich Haus.  They’re serving corned beef and cabbage lunch and dinner from March 15-20.   Champney’s Restaurant at The Deerfield Inn celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with live Irish music and special menu additions with an Irish twist on March 17th.  Springfield’s famous Student Prince hosts a ‘Luck of the Irish Whiskey Tasting Dinner’ on March 23rd and a special evening with The Mummers on March 18th!  What’s more Irish than a chef directly from the Emerald Isle?  That’s what you’ll find at The Delaney House!  Their ‘Eat, Drink & Be Irish’ menu is available March 16-20th and there’s live music all weekend long.  Looking to hoist a pint of Guinness?  Check out Murphy’s Pub then check out the great selection of local craft breweries on our Pour Tour.

It’s been a while since we gathered to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in #WesternMass but the Irish spirit is back! Slainte!