Road Trip Idea #27: Western Mass Celebrates Irish Heritage Month

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

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St. Patrick’s Day Drive-by Parade at the Eastern States Exposition
Get in the St. Patty’s Day spirit on March 13th spirit by driving through the fairgrounds to wave to our local parade marshals, colleens & courts. This St. Patrick’s Day Drive-by Parade is organized by W. Springfield’s St. Patrick’s Parade Committee. Bring a non-perishable food item and help the colleens fight hunger. Enter through Gate 1. For more information click here.

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Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Road Race
On March 20th, runners are encouraged to get out and run a 10K for St. Patrick’s Day. Create your own 10K route (or use the official Holyoke Road Race route!) and compete against other runners. For just a $25 entry fee, you’ll receive a familiar looking t-shirt, printable custom bib number, free beer, and local giveaways. The St. Patrick’s Road Race Committee will even buy you a beer by providing gift certificates and prizes that support businesses around the finish line in Holyoke.

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Yankee Candle
Yankee Candle celebrates all things green with their new collection of St. Patrick’s Day candles and accessories. Top off your visit by raising a glass at the Powder Hollow Brewery right on the Yankee Candle Village campus.

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Dine-In or Take-Out
What’s more traditional than corned beef and cabbage in the month of March?! Western Mass has plenty of options for dining in or take-out including Munich Haus serves corned beef and cabbage lunch and dinner from March 16-21.   Champney’s Restaurant at The Deerfield Inn celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with live Irish music and special menu additions with an Irish twist!

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Raise a Pint
Looking to raise a pint in a toast to Irish Heritage? Check out this great selection of local craft breweries on our Western Mass Beer Trail. Or pop into MGM Springfield for a Shamrock Sour. At The Delaney House you can do it all at their Eat, Drink & Be Irish celebration from March 17-21.

As always, Western Mass businesses have enhanced cleaning measures and COVID-safety programs in place so you can enjoy your St. Patrick’s holiday and feel secure. Slainte!

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